New gover­nor sworn in at home, then at State­house

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Local News - By Kan­tele Franko The As­so­ci­ated Press

COLUM­BUS >> Repub­li­can Mike DeWine sworn in as Ohio’s 70th gover­nor in a mid­night cer­e­mony at his Cedarville home.

The for­mer U.S. se­na­tor took his oath in the small cer­e­mony hours be­fore his pub­lic in­au­gu­ra­tion at the State­house in front of friends and mem­bers of his large fam­ily. An in­au­gu­ral gala fol­lows at the State­house later.

He and run­ning mate Jon Husted led a GOP sweep of non­ju­di­cial, statewide of­fices in the Novem­ber elec­tion. DeWine de­feated Demo­crat Richard Cor­dray to suc­ceed term-lim­ited Repub­li­can Gov. John Ka­sich, a po­ten­tial 2020 pres­i­den­tial chal­lenger.

DeWine got cam­paign help from both Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who ral­lied with Repub­li­can can­di­dates in Cleve­land on the eve of the elec­tion, and Ka­sich, a fre­quent Trump critic.

DeWine hap­pens to be the old­est per­son elected Ohio gover­nor, hav­ing just turned 72 on Jan. 5. His physi­cian vouched be­fore the elec­tion that DeWine was in “very good” health.

He is among Ohio’s most well-known politi­cians after serv­ing in elected of­fice for four decades, in­clud­ing as a state law­maker, con­gress­man, lieu­tenant gover­nor and, most re­cently, state at­tor­ney gen­eral. In that role, DeWine op­posed the Af­ford­able Care Act and fund­ing for Planned Par­ent­hood.

DeWine hap­pens to be the old­est per­son elected Ohio gover­nor, hav­ing just turned 72 on Jan. 5.

He also has in­di­cated he would have signed the so-called heart­beat bill, which would have given Ohio one of the na­tion’s most re­stric­tive abor­tion laws if it wasn’t twice ve­toed by Ka­sich, who ar­gued that it’s un­con­sti­tu­tional and would lead the state into a costly le­gal fight. Law­mak­ers in the GOP-led Ohio Leg­is­la­ture are ex­pected to push the mea­sure again this year.

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