Gretchen Whitmer's inauguration: What to expect

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

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer will take the oath of office Tuesday morning.

Whitmer will officially be sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor. The Democrat is the second woman to hold the post in the state. Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm served from 2003 to 2011.


The inaugural ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Capitol lawn in Lansing with a musical performance by the 126th Army band of the Michigan National Guard.

The theme for the celebration is “Building Bridges Together,” aimed at highlighting Whitmer’s commitment to diversity. 

Whitmer isn’t the only one taking the oath of office. The following elected officials will also be sworn in:

  • Lt. Gov.-elect Garlin Gilchrist II
  • Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson
  • Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel
  • Michigan Supreme Court judges
  • Michigan Court of Appeals judges
  • State Board of Education officials
  • University of Michigan regents
  • Michigan State University trustees
  • Wayne State University governors

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