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LePage Vows Change As He’s Sworn In As Maine’s 74th Governor 

Maine has a new Governor tonight. Paul LePage was sworn in at a ceremony in Augusta this afternoon. Paul LePage’s unlikely run to the Blaine house is now complete. This afternoon, with his wife Ann and his children by his side, LePage was sworn in as Maine’s 74th Governor.the new Commander in Chief of the state of Maine was sworn in just before 12:30 Wednesday afternoon. After thanking outgoing Governor John Baldacci for his service over the past eight years, Paul LePage addressed Mainers for the first time as their Governor. “Well first and foremost, I am a businessman who served his community as a Mayor and now as its Governor. My pledge to Maine’s people is very simple. It’s going to be people instead of politics,” Governor LePage told the crowd.LePage becomes the first Republican in 16 years to call the Blaine house home. The last, Governor John Mckernan, was on-hand with two other former governors, Angus King and Joe Brennan, to hear LePage outline his intentions for the next four years. He ritierated his promises from the campaign trail to reduce the size and scope of state government. “And finally to the Maine taxpayers who are tired of footing the bill for the bloated establishment in Augusta,” LePage said.LePage spoke about restructuring the welfare system in Maine to a tiered program that rewards work and progress toward self sustainability. and, he spoke of job creation. When speaking on welfare reform LePage received one of his loudest ovations of the day.He also vowed to let the people be more involved in state government, LePage announced plans to hold monthly breakfast meetings with teachers, business leaders, and environmental groups as well as monthly town hall meetings in counties all over Maine to get input directly from Maine people. And of course the new Governor spoke about job creation. “Only the private sector can create the jobs and investment we need to move this state forward.”Admitting there’s a lot of work to do, Maine’s new Governor says he’s ready to get started. “I am ready to apply the leadership, the focus, to move this state forward.” LePage will also have the comfort of working with a republican controlled House and Senate. It’s the first time that’s happened in Maine in more than 30 years.