Tom Wolf inaugurated as governor for second term

Tom Wolf inaugurated as the 47th Governor of Pennsylvania.

Gage Goulding


Tom Wolf businessman and politician who is the Governor-elect of Pennsylvania, Photo Date: January 2014 Photo Credit: (MGN Online)

Gage Goulding, News Editor

HARRISBURG (RMU SENTRY MEDIA/CNN) — Gov. Tom Wolf was inaugurated as the governor of Pennsylvania for a second term on Tuesday.

In a ceremony held in Harrisburg, the 70-year-old Democratic politician was confirmed as the state’s 47th governor. Wolf was first elected as governor in the Nov. 2014 election. Wolf most recently defeated Republican candidate Scott Wagner during the Nov. 2018 midterm elections.

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“Thank you for the honor you have given me of serving as your governor,” said Wolf during his acceptance speech.

The governor painted a picture of Pennsylvania as a commonwealth at a crossroads when he first took the oath of office four years ago.

“My fellow Pennsylvanians, we are no longer stuck at a crossroads,” said Wolf. “We have chosen a path of progress.”

Wolf’s speech highlighted his accomplishments over the past four years.

“The graduation rate is up. The uninsured rate is down. Pre-K enrollment is up. Crime is down. We’ve got more people working and fewer people in prison.”

High ranking Pittsburgh officials also attended the ceremony. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald attended to support fellow Democrat Tom Wolf as well as welcome former Mayor of Braddock and now Lieutenant Governor, John Fetterman.

Fetterman was also sworn into office Tuesday in Harrisburg.

Those who battled the cold January weather to listen to the governor’s speech did not hear any political bombs thrown. Instead, Wolf signaled a desire to work with the Republican majorities in the state’s house and senate.

“Let us have faith in each other. Let us have faith in what we can fix together, what we can achieve together — what we can build together,” said Wolf. “Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”