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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine makes it official at Statehouse inauguration

Flanked by family and close friends, Mike DeWine became Ohio's 70th governor shortly after midnight Monday in private ceremony at his farm near Cedarville.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sworn in by his son, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Pat DeWine, the governor, 72, took the oath of office with his hand on a stack of family Bibles including one owned by his late daughter, Becky DeWine; one acquired in Jerusalem; and one that first lady Fran DeWine gave her husband on their 10th wedding anniversary, the Xenia Daily Gazette reported.

Gov. DeWine formally took the Oath of Office inside the Ohio Statehouse around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

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The Republican didn't waste any time putting his stamp on the state. Immediately after signing the oath of office inside a packed farmhouse across the drive from his main home, DeWine signed six executive orders.

"We said we were going to hit the ground running," he said.

The first created the Governor's Recovery Ohio Initiative, placing one person - Alisha Nelson - in his administration in charge of coordinating the state's anti-drug effort.

The others created the Governor's Children's Initiative; established Ohio as a disability inclusion state and model employer of individuals with disabilities; elevated foster care priorities in Ohio; put an anti-discrimination policy back in effect adding pregnancy, young children and foster parents as protected classes; and elevated prevention within the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

DeWine — the oldest Ohioan to become governor — brings decades of political experience to the Statehouse. He was most recently the Ohio Attorney General, in office since January 2011. Prior to that he served as a U.S. Senator for 12 years, lieutenant governor under George Voinovich for four years, U.S. Congressman for eight years, and state senator for two years. He's also a former Greene County prosecutor.

He said of those elected positions helped him prepare for this job.

"We will not let you down," he told the crowd.

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