12:39 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

In Inaugural Address, Pence Urges Hoosiers to "Tell Indiana's Story"

Republican Mike Pence became Indiana’s 50th governor today, taking the oath of office this on a cold morning outside the Statehouse.

With the temperature in Indianapolis around 20 degrees, the ceremony, and Pence’s inaugural address, were relatively short.

Pence called on Hoosiers to take steps to improve themselves and to better the state.

"Tell Indiana’s story. If you have a job, work at it as never before. If you serve the people, serve with all your heart. If you can build a business, do. If you can start a business, try. If you have a dream, no matter how large, reach for it," he said.

Pence also credited outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels for leaving the state on firm financial footing andpledged to lead Indiana into a new era of educational and economic prosperity.

"Now to do this we must continue to live within our means, hold the line on spending and let Hoosiers keep more of their hard-earned income," Pence said during his 13 minute speech.

Pence wants state lawmakers to approve a cut in the state income tax, but some GOP leaders have said they’re worried about what effect it could have on Indiana’s economy.

Pence will deliver his State of the State address next week.

His predecessor, Mitch Daniels, has immediately started his new job as president of Purdue University.