MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Newly sworn-in Gov. Tony Evers is calling for a rejection of “the tired politics of the past” in his first speech as Wisconsin governor, saying “we’ve become content with division.”
Evers delivered his inauguration speech Monday at a packed Capitol rotunda ceremony attended by five former governors and other dignitaries.
Evers says the people of Wisconsin have gotten away from the values like kindness, respect, and civility. He is calling for Republicans and Democrats to work together to solve problems.
Evers emphasized his campaign priorities. He is calling for fully funding public schools “at every level” from pre-kindergarten through college. Evers also called for making sure health care is affordable and accessible and improving the conditions of Wisconsin’s roads.
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is the first African American to be elected lieutenant governor and only the second black person to serve in a constitutional office.
Barnes was sworn into office Monday.
He says, “the gravity of this moment is not lost on me as we strive for equity.” Barnes also noted that he follows Vel Phillips, the only other African American to serve in a statewide office. She served one term as secretary of state in the 1970s.
Barnes says as lieutenant governor he will work for equity and to increase opportunity across the state.
Barnes, who is from Milwaukee, says “A person’s zip code should never determine their destiny in the state of Wisconsin.”
Barnes says he and Evers will “usher in an era of greatness.”
Tony Evers has been sworn into office as Wisconsin’s 46th governor.
Evers took the oath of office Monday from Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Pat Roggensack.
Five former governors, including Scott Walker, and a host of other dignitaries attended the public ceremony in the rotunda of the state Capitol.
Four other Democrats elected into statewide constitutional offices were also sworn in. They are Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul, Secretary of State Doug La Follette, and Treasurer Sarah Godlewski.
State lawmakers were to be sworn into office Monday afternoon prior to an inaugural ball in Madison.
New Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul is criticizing Republican lawmakers in his inauguration speech.
Kaul took the oath of office Monday along with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers during a ceremony in a packed state Capitol rotunda.
Kaul delivered a short speech, ripping Republican legislators for passing lame-duck legislation in December that weakened both his and Evers’ offices.
Kaul said such a move was unprecedented and was designed to hinder both him and Evers. He warned Republicans the state Justice Department’s priorities will still shift during his tenure with a sharper focus on environmental and consumer protection.
The lame-duck measures eliminated the attorney general’s solicitor general office, allows lawmakers to intervene in lawsuits and requires Kaul to seek approval from lawmakers before reaching settlements.
Five former Wisconsin governors, both U.S. senators, members of Congress and others are attending the inauguration ceremony for new Gov. Tony Evers.
The dignitaries are among those who attended the ceremony Monday in the state Capitol rotunda.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin was seated next to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. They were seen talking to one another before the swearing-in ceremony began.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who is battling cancer, attended in a wheel chair. Chief Justice Pat Roggensack was to deliver the oath of office.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, numbers state lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan and Gwen Moore were among other notables at the event.
The former governors are Scott Walker, Jim Doyle, Scott McCallum, Tommy Thompson and Martin Schreiber.
Five former Wisconsin governors plan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Tony Evers.
The former governors are among the dignitaries expected to attend the Monday inauguration of Evers and other state officials elected in November.
The former governors slated to attend are Scott Walker, Jim Doyle, Scott McCallum, Tommy Thompson and Martin Schreiber. The only living governor not scheduled to attend is Tony Earl.
Evers is to take the oath of office from Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Pat Roggensack. All other statewide constitutional officers, along with newly elected members of the Legislature, are also getting sworn in.
An inaugural ball follows the official events Monday night in Madison.
Democrat Tony Evers is set to take the oath of office and replace Gov. Scott Walker during a noon ceremony Monday at the state Capitol, ending eight years of Republican dominance in Wisconsin.
Evers’ inauguration will herald a new era of Wisconsin politics. While Republicans will maintain control of the Legislature, having Evers in place will give Democrats the power to block GOP bills and force either compromise or gridlock.
Evers has been the state education superintendent since 2009 and is a former teacher and school principal. He was to be sworn into office along with other constitutional officers and state lawmakers. Walker and other former governors are expected to be among the dignitaries in attendance.
An inaugural ball in Madison was scheduled for Monday night.