The Governor Doug Ducey era begins with a raised hand and oath taking into office before an excited crowd Monday at the State Capitol. The new Governor was sworn in with his wife and children by his side.

Among those witnessing the event ran the gamut from Congressman Matt Salmon to State lawmakers and Sheriffs Joe Arpaio and Paul Babeu.

After paying tribute to outgoing Governor Jan Brewer, Ducey says he won’t renege on a campaign pledge to create as much opportunity to Arizonans as possible, including working on attracting new business to the state and ensuring equal access to schools, regardless of income level. But he adds, the state is under no obligation to guarantee success to citizens.

The Republican Ducey also delivered a pep talk to lawmakers and he and the Legislature get ready to tackle a one-point-five billion dollar deficit. “We can do this,” he says. “We can get these fiscal troubles behind us. We can put the Arizona budget in balance and keep it there.”

Ducey also pledges to submit his balanced budgets sometime next week when the Legislature convenes and he gives his State of the State address.

–Barbara Villa