Ohio’s 69th Governor Takes Office

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John Kasich takes the oath of office(Photo: OPR)
John Kasich takes the oath of office(Photo: OPR)

Republican John Kasich has been sworn in as governor of Ohio.

The 58-year-old Kasich took his oath just after midnight Monday in a ceremony at the Statehouse. He succeeds one-term Democrat Ted Strickland.

The former congressman, Fox News commentator, author and investment banker is ready to get going. He has already named the bulk of his cabinet – including new budget, prisons, public safety, and economic development directors.

A ceremonial inauguration will take place at the Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus at noon Monday. Kasich’s inaugural ball is scheduled for Monday evening at the Columbus Convention Center.

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