Tuesday, January 1st, Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor stating she plans to cast partisanship aside to fix the roads and other problems facing the state. Whitmer is the state’s second female governor and succeeds term-limited Republican Rick Snyder. The ceremony was held outside the capitol with former Governors, Snyder, Blanchard and Granholm in attendance. Others being sworn in include Garlin Gilchrist II as lieutenant governor, Dana Nessel as attorney general and Jocelyn Benson as secretary of state. Supreme Court justices, appellate judges and members of the State Board of Education and three university boards who won election in November also were sworn in. Bringing Michigan Back To Building Bridges was her campaign theme that she plans to continue to build upon.