Politics

DeWine Takes Office, Signs 6 Executive Orders

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mike DeWine was officially sworn in as the state’s governor during a brief midnight ceremony at his farm in Cedarville.

He was given the oath of office by his son, Ohio Supreme Court Justice R. Patrick DeWine, while long-time friend Thomas M. Rose, senior judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, presided over the ceremony.

Gov. DeWine took the oath with his hand atop nine family Bibles, held by First Lady Fran DeWine, during the ceremony.

Immediately after the ceremony, the governor issued six executive orders. They are:

  • Executive Order 2019-01D, Creating the RecoveryOhio Initiative;
  • Executive Order 2019-02D, Creating the Children’s Initiative;
  • Executive Order 2019-03D, Establishing Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities;
  • Executive Order 2019-04D, Elevating Foster Care Priorities in Ohio;
  • Executive Order 2019-05D, Anti-Discrimination Policy in State Government;
  • Executive Order 2019-06D, Elevating Prevention within the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted also took the oath of office, surrounded by family at the Riverside United Methodist Church in suburban Columbus where his family attends. His wife, Tina, held a family Bible as the oath was administered by the state Sen. Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard. The group of approximately 70 people included his parents, Jim and Judy Husted, as well as the couple’s three children, Alex, Katie, and Kylie.

Justice Judy French of the Ohio Supreme Court will administer Husted’s oath during the ceremonial inauguration later today.

The public oath of office ceremony for DeWine and Husted will occur at noon at the Statehouse. The inaugural gala will be at the Statehouse beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.