Whitmer set to become Michigan’s 49th governor

January 1, 2019
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo, Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer hosts a post-election news conference in Detroit. Whitmer on Thursday, Dec. 27, named much of her Cabinet, including officials who will be involved in her two of her top priorities, cleaning up drinking water and improving roads. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is set to become Michigan’s 49th governor.

The 47-year-old former state lawmaker from East Lansing will take the oath of office Tuesday in a swearing-in ceremony outside the state Capitol building. The inaugural theme is “Building Bridges Together.”

Whitmer, who will be Michigan’s second female governor, is expected to highlight “kitchen table” issues she campaigned on such as fixing the roads and improving residents’ job skills.

Others being sworn in include Garlin Gilchrist II as lieutenant governor, Dana Nessel as attorney general and Jocelyn Benson as secretary of state. The last time Democrats jointly assumed control of the top four offices was 32 years ago. The event is free to attend.

The celebration will continue Tuesday night with a gala at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Tickets cost $150.

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