Hassan takes oath as N.H.'s 81st governor, promises ‘optimism and pragmatism’
New Hampshire's Maggie Hassan takes the oath of office for governor from State Supreme court Chief Justice Linda Dalianis, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
New Hampshire's Maggie Hassan takes the Oath of Office for governor as her husband Tom watches from State Supreme court Chief Justice Linda Dalianis, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
With her husband Tom at her side, Gov Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., waves to supporters during her inauguration Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in Concord, NH (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Maggie Hassan was sworn in today as New Hampshire’s 81st governor, promising “optimism and pragmatism” as she looks to tackle the challenges of education, economic development and a balanced state budget.
The former state senator from Exeter took the oath of office during a noon ceremony at the State House in Concord, administered by Linda Dalianis, chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
“I will work as hard as I can to honor your trust,” Hassan said in her address to a packed Representatives Hall. “I will strive to do so in the tradition that has guided us throughout our history: the tradition of openness, bipartisanship and collective problem solving.
Hassan, 54, took office as fellow Democrat John Lynch of Hopkinton stepped down after eight years in the corner office. The popular Lynch, 60, has served four two-year terms, longer than any other governor in modern history and received sustained standing ovations when he entered the hall before today’s ceremony and when Hassan thanked him during her speech.
Hassan is the second elected female governor in state history. She defeated Republican Ovide Lamontagne in the Nov. 6 election to replace Lynch, winning all 10 counties.
For complete coverage of Hassan’s inauguration, see tomorrow’s Monitor.