'Stronger, cleaner, safer future': Ron DeSantis sworn in as Florida governor
Video: Republican DeSantis sworn in as Florida's new governor
By: Kelly Healey Updated: January 9, 2019 - 8:37 AM
Former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was sworn in Tuesday as Florida's new governor, and Republicans will begin their third decade dominating the state's Capitol.
DeSantis took his oath Tuesday in front of the state's historical Old Capitol. He then began a speech promising to build on the economic foundation Republican Gov. Rick Scott laid over the previous eight years.
I’m fortunate to be succeeding our new US Senator, @FlGovScott, who stood here 8 years ago at a time of great economic turmoil & pledged to put people back to work. Today, a million & half more Floridians have jobs and our economy is one of the best in the nation. #FLinauguration
"It now falls to me to build upon the foundation that has been laid, navigate the challenges – economic, environmental, constitutional – that lie ahead, and steer Florida to a stronger, cleaner and safer future," DeSantis said in his speech.
DeSantis said Florida needs to remain a low-tax state and reduce regulations on businesses. He also said the environment and education will be a priority as he begins his term.
Today, we celebrated an historic moment with Floridians from across the state as I took my oath of office. I am honored by the trust you all have placed in me to serve as Florida’s 46th Governor. #FlInaugurationpic.twitter.com/t3QvL9X3km
“Being charged with leading a state with so much promise, all I can promise is the sweat off my brow, a full heart, my best judgment and the courage of my convictions.” - @RonDeSantisFLpic.twitter.com/ZgOqP7j8RS