Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist spoke during the ceremony, saying "We are here, ready to listen, ready to serve, and ready to stand tall."
A crowd of thousands braved Tuesday morning's chilly temps to bear witness to the event at the State Capitol, where a Flint mother, impacted by the water crisis, became emotional while addressing the crowd. Her son, now well, was visited by Whitmer while he was in the hospital; an illness connected to Flint water.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement (R) administered the oath of office to the Governor-Elect.
A 19-gun salute, typical for honoring a Governor, was part of the event that welcomed Whitmer as Michigan's 49th.
As Governor Whitmer spoke, some in the crowd, clearly pleased with what has transpired, shouted "Go Gretchen!"
Governor Whitmer said "To me, Michigan is more than just a place, it is a way of life."
Flanked by departing Governor Rick Snyder (R) and former Governers Jennifer Granholm and Jim Blanchard (D), she noted that while we may be members different parties, "We are proud Michiganders, first and foremost."
She spoke of building bridges, a nod to the task of building the Mackinac Bridge that connects the state's two peninsulas, saying we can't compromise Michigan's economic future because we won't compromise with each other. She also shared that her campaign slogan about fixing the roads was inspired by a woman in Detroit.
She spoke of making Michigan an economic leader and model for the country, committing to work to create opportunities for all the state's residents, something she noted is presently absent.Whitmer said
"It is my honor and privilege to serve the great State of Michigan as your 49th Governor."CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE INAUGURATION NOW