Shapiro is sworn in as the 48th governor of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — Democrat Josh Shapiro was sworn in Tuesday to become Pennsylvania’s 48th governor, and laid his hand on a stack of three Jewish Bibles at Tuesday’s inauguration ceremony outside the state capitol to cap off his big victory in November. election.

Shapiro, 49, is in charge of the country’s fifth most populous state More experience in state government than any of his recent predecessors, including six years as an elected attorney general in Pennsylvania.

He was sworn in by Chief Justice Debra Todd on a cold winter’s day on a dais set up behind the ornate state capitol building in Harrisburg, along with lawmakers, former governors, congressmen and several thousand others.

“I am humbled to stand before you today as the 48th Governor of Pennsylvania,” Shapiro said at the beginning of his remarks from the podium. “All the winding road that led to this moment, I was rooted in my faith and my family.”

Shapiro succeeds Democratic term-limited Governor Tom Wolf, and is the first Pennsylvania governor since 1966 to be elected to succeed a member of his own party.

On stage with Shapiro were just over a dozen people he invited — including survivors of child sexual abuse, parents of children killed by gun violence and the widows of two state troopers killed in the line of duty — who say his aides symbolize his accomplishments. As a public prosecutor, he is Aiming for bipartisan politics as a conservative.

In his speech, Shapiro did not articulate specific political goals, but emphasized themes he had advanced before and after the election: that voters embrace democracy, reject extremism and ask their leaders to protect their rights and make progress on important quality-of-life issues.

“Now is the time to join together behind the unifying strength of three simple truths that have sustained our nation for the past two and a half centuries: Above all, beyond any temporary political differences, we value our freedom,” Shapiro wrote in Prepared Notes.

The Capitol packed in the hours leading up to the inaugural ceremony, with Shapiro’s friends and supporters, the political elite and many who would work in the new administration there to mingle, get credentials and pack into the Senate chamber to watch Austin’s swearing in. Davis became the first black governor of Pennsylvania.

He would take the reins of a sprawling state government — which employs nearly 80,000 employees and handles more than $100 billion a year in state and federal funds — which has reserves in the billions and a stronger-than-usual economy for the slow-growing state.

But it also goes across the street from the attorney general’s office to the executive wing of the Capitol at a time when the House was in Paralyzed by a partisan struggle for control Republican lawmakers are aiming to Take away some leeway from the executive To enact regulations.

Shapiro himself has called bipartisanship, emphasizing his support from independents and Republicans in the election when he scored a solid 15 percentage point victory over the far-right Republican candidate, Senator Doug Mastriano.

Shapiro benefited from the Democratic voters she ignited The attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021and the abolition of the Supreme Court The landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade.

In Shapiro, they saw someone who protects abortion rights with his veto pen and ensures that the 2024 presidential election — when Pennsylvania is again expected to be a major battleground — will be free and fair, and not upended if the Republican loses.

However, every new law under Shapiro must have the GOP seal of approval, given a six-seat Republican majority in the state Senate.

To this end, Shapiro has tried to avoid radioactive political issues, standing in the middle on various issues and hiring several Republicans for his cabinet.

Shapiro will sign moral orders for his administration later this week, aides say, and he will make his first speech to a joint session of the legislature when he presents his first budget plan on March 7.

Shapiro also resigned on Tuesday from his position as attorney general, leaving the reins to his senior deputy in six years, Michel Henry, the attorney general whom Shapiro intends to nominate to fill the last two years of his term.

Shapiro, a religious JewHe chose a stack of three copies of the Hebrew Bible to take an oath on.

One is the family bible. The second is from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh where A gunman killed 11 worshipers in 2018 In the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history. The third was an Army book that Herman Hirschmann carried from Philadelphia on D-Day 1944.

Members of several faiths offered prayers at the event, which had a capacity of about 4,400.

The opening ceremony will culminate in a $50-per-ticket sold-out concert at Rock Lititz Studios in Lititz featuring performances by rapper Wiz Khalifa, singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson and indie rock band Mt. Joy.