[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today (Monday, January 7, 2019), Timothy J. Walz was sworn in as Minnesota’s 41st Governor.
Walz is used his inaugural address to stress the need for better education and health care for everyone.
Walz spoke at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul after taking the oath as Minnesota’s 41st governor since statehood.
Walz told the crowd of dignitaries and supporters that disparities in the state’s educational system are holding the state back from reaching its full potential. The former teacher says Minnesota must become the “Education State” for all children regardless of race.
Walz also says Minnesota must figure out how to deliver health care more effectively and affordably, with better results. He says that includes investments in cutting-edge research.
The Democratic former congressman from Mankato says he’s ready to hit the ground running after Monday’s ceremonies.
He’s already named all but one of his state agency heads.
Below are some remarks from his acceptance speech.
As a small town boy turned soldier, football coach and high school teacher, never did I envision standing before you today as Minnesota’s 41st Governor—and neither, I am sure, did you.
The inaugural ceremony is a public acceptance of our legal—and moral—responsibility to this great state. A clear recognition of the privilege we’ve been given by the people of Minnesota to do our best to further our state’s magnificent legacy.
To those of you who voted for me, thank you for your trust. For Minnesotans who voted for someone else—like the gentleman who came out to a listening session on a Friday night in Fergus Falls to tell me he didn’t vote for me, but doesn’t want to see me fail—I’ll work hard to earn your trust as your governor.