Governor Gordon Sworn In for 2nd Term, Outlining a Vision for Wyoming’s Future
Written by Caleb Nelson on January 3, 2023
After taking the oath of office for his second term, Governor Mark Gordon delivered his Second Inaugural Address, pledging to continue to fight for Wyoming values, and calling on citizens to work together to build the state’s future.
The Governor’s speech encouraged engaging with those who hold differing views and laid out a vision for “Wyoming to chart her path, independent of political fashion, or popular trend.”
“The undeniable fact is that our founders did not leave us a fire-and-forget, plug-and-play government,” Governor Gordon says. “Our government requires participation and effort and compromise. We must work together to begin this next chapter.”
The Governor, along with Secretary of State Chuck Gray, Auditor Kristi Racines, Treasurer Curt Meier, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Megan Degenfelder, was sworn in by Wyoming Chief Justice Kate Fox during a public ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda at 10:30 a.m. today.
Gordon’s address began on a hopeful note, “It may be snowing and blowing outside right now, still this is Wyoming after all, we know that tomorrow skies will be clearer, the winds calmer, and our future will be as bright as it has ever been.”
The Governor called on citizens to advocate for and protect Wyoming values and said the state must seize the opportunities laid before it. Gordon spoke of the importance of education and economic diversification, noting the state’s future is its children and grandchildren. The Governor also pledged to continue emphasizing responsive, responsible, and accountable government.
“Wyoming’s time is now,” the Governor says. “While others fiddle for answers, Wyoming is ready to solve the challenges of our time – not with talk but with action. To Wyoming, I say we will not be deterred by any obstacles. As Governor, I commit to use every power I have to protect Wyoming’s interests and potential.
The Governor concluded by thanking his family and stressing the importance of the next several years, and its impact on future generations.
“We have been given a great state, a great nation, and a great gift, and we know it is our time to leave this world a little better for our time in it. On this day, we stand united and ready to seize our future as—Wyoming people have always done —with courage, confidence, and conviction.”