HARRISBURG (KDKA/AP) – Tom Corbett has taken his oath as Pennsylvania’s 46th governor.
The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Ronald Castille, administered the oath today at noon in an outdoor ceremony at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.
Despite rainy and slushy conditions, the inauguration was attended by more than 1,000 supporters. During the ceremony, Corbett placed his hand on a Bible once owned by William Penn to take the oath.
Corbett’s predecessor, Democrat Ed Rendell, was among the former governors who attended the ceremony.
Corbett and his family attended a Roman Catholic Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral before the inaugural ceremony.
After the oath, he addressed the crowd
The chill that we feel today isn’t solely January’s wind. We gather during uncertain times and no one has been left untouched,” Gov. Corbett said.
However, balancing a budget with a $4 billion hole without raising taxes would be a challenge for anyone.
“We must restore transparency, accountability and fiscal discipline. We will move forward. We will move forward with government and legislative reform because without it, there is no good government,” Gov. Corbett said.
Jim Cawley, a former Bucks County commissioner, took the oath Tuesday morning to become the new lieutenant governor, the second-highest position in state government.
The ceremony was held in the House of Representatives chamber.
Dr. Terry Madonna, from Franklin and Marshall College, joined KDKA NewsRadio 1020 to talk more about what Pennsylvanians can expect from Gov. Corbett over the next four years.