CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was sworn in Monday as the 35th Governor of West Virginia in front of several hundred friends, family members, supporters and fellow West Virginians who gathered at the State Capitol.
"I'm honored and humbled to once again serve the wonderful people of West Virginia," Gov. Tomblin said. "In the past two years we've made real changes by putting our families and our communities first. I promise you we will continue putting them first for the next four years."
Gov. Tomblin devoted his inaugural remarks to his life-long passion of doing what is right for all West Virginians by putting West Virginia First, the theme of his inauguration. Chief Justice Brent Benjamin of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals administered the oath of office using the Tomblin family Bible. Following the oath of office, the 1st Battalion of the 201st Field Artillery recognized Gov. Tomblin by firing a 3-gun salute. Immediately following the inaugural ceremony, the governor, first lady and their family joined West Virginians for refreshments.
Here are his full remarks:
“Good afternoon. Thank you for joining us for this celebration. We celebrate as united West Virginians today, not as political parties divided, but as one, with common dreams and purposes. I'm honored you have given me the tremendous opportunity to serve as your Governor for another four years.
“I want to extend my appreciation to Senator Jay Rockefeller who has committed his life to serving this great state. As a VISTA volunteer in a small mining community nearly 50 years ago, Sen. Jay Rockefeller transformed his commitment to one community into a life of service for the people of West Virginia. There are few people in this world like him, and it's been a privilege to have worked with him throughout the years. Sen. Rockefeller championed many efforts for our families, miners, military members and veterans as well as laying the ground work for some of our state's most valuable growing business relationships. I'm forever grateful for Sen. Rockefeller's lifelong passion to help others and all he has done for West Virginians—he is truly a man of great character. Senator, I thank you.