Gretchen Whitmer becomes Michigan's 49th governor

From the Associated Press and posted by our media partner at WOOD TV:

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — Michigan is ringing in the new year with a new governor for the first time in eight years.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took the oath of office Tuesday morning in a swearing-in ceremony outside the state Capitol building.

The 47-year-old former state lawmaker from East Lansing is Michigan’s 49th governor. The Democrat is the second woman to hold the post in the state. Former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm served from 2003 to 2011.

Three former governors — Granholm, Republican Rick Snyder, and Democrat Jim Blanchard — attended the inaugural ceremonies, which began at 10:30 a.m. with a performance by the 126th Army band of the Michigan National Guard.

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