Earl Ray Tomblin becomes 35th Governor of West Virginia

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 Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was sworn in today (Monday) as the 35th Governor of West Virginia. Photo courtesy of Gov. Tomblin's Office2013 Inaugural Ceremony

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was sworn in today (Monday) as the 35th Governor of West Virginia. Photo courtesy of Gov. Tomblin’s Office 2013 Inaugural Ceremony

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was sworn in today 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.”

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin took the oath of office as West Virginia’s 35th Governor on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, on the steps of the Capitol in Charleston, WV. Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Justice Brent Benjamin gave the oath of office. Tomblin was accompanied by his wife, Joanne, and son, Brent.
Photo by West Virginia Press Association

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.

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