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Maggie Hassan to be sworn in as Granite State's 81st governor

Governor John Lynch and Democratic candidate for governor, Maggie Hassan, peak out from a door before taking the stage at a rally on Tuesday afternoon, October 9, 2012 in the lobby of the Concord City Auditorium.

(John Tully/ Monitor Staff)

Governor John Lynch and Democratic candidate for governor, Maggie Hassan, peak out from a door before taking the stage at a rally on Tuesday afternoon, October 9, 2012 in the lobby of the Concord City Auditorium. (John Tully/ Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

Maggie Hassan of Exeter will be sworn in today as New Hampshire’s 81st governor, succeeding Gov. John Lynch of Hopkinton, a fellow Democrat.

The ceremony will begin at noon in Representatives Hall at the State House. Linda Dalianis, chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, will administer the oath of office to Hassan, who will then swear in the five newly elected members of the Executive Council.

Briana Nadeau of Durham will sing the national anthem, and Charlie Morgan of New Durham, a chief warrant officer in the New Hampshire Army National Guard, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. A poem by the late Charles Pratt of Exeter will be read by his son, Timothy Pratt of Concord, and the Cecilia Ensemble, a high school girls’ choir from Peterborough, will perform.

Hassan is scheduled to meet state employees at a breakfast this morning at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. She’ll host a receiving line in the Executive Council’s chambers following the inaugural ceremony, at 1:30 p.m., and will greet the public at an open house this afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 at the State House.

BEN LEUBSDORF

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