Just after midnight Tuesday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was sworn in during a private ceremony surrounded by friends and family. But a public ceremony was later held in Santa Fe.
Hundreds of New Mexicans showed up to watch our state’s new Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, swear into office.
“And the Constitution and the state laws of New Mexico,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham during the swearing in ceremony.
The ceremony was electric with speeches and well wishes from top state officials and a performance by ‘The Voice’ winner, Farmington teen Chevel Shephard.
But it was the new governor’s inauguration speech that had people cheering the loudest.
“It is time for us to thrive,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “Viva Nuevo Mexico.”
The governor made big promises to the crowd: growing film and TV production in the state, providing pre-kindergarten schooling for all New Mexican kids, as well as increasing pay for teachers, state workers and those who make minimum wage.
“We will raise minimum wage taking a step towards an economy that works for everyone,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.
Those are all promises that people who attended the ceremony want to come true.
“Really glad we have a new start after eight years of Susanna,” said Esther Kobai.
“And we’ll see some changes we really need in the state,” said Carol Nolden.
The state’s 32nd governor said it’s time both sides of the aisle to work together to make a better New Mexico.
Gov. Lujan Grisham is the state’s first female Hispanic Democratic governor and for the first time in U.S. history that a woman will replace another woman in the governor’s office.
Tuesday evening, there will be two separate governor’s balls, one at the Eldorado Hotel, the other at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
Several other state officials were also sworn in Tuesday.
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Attorney General Hector Balderas are returning to their respective roles.
Newly elected State Auditor Brian Colon and Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia were also sworn in at the State Capitol Rotunda.