Gov. Pete Ricketts addressed a packed legislative chamber Thursday afternoon, following the swearing-in of new state officeholders as well as those who won re-election in November.
“It’s a deep honor for me to continue to serve as the 40th governor of the great state of Nebraska,” Ricketts stated. “And, you will often here me say, that Nebraska is what America is supposed to be, that we have the best place in the world to live right here in our state.”
Ricketts reiterated his theme for his administration: to grow Nebraska.
“And I make my commitment here to you today that we will continue to focus on growing Nebraska for the next four years,” Ricketts said.
Ricketts said “Grow Nebraska” has four pillars: connecting Nebraskans with great-paying jobs, cutting red tape, being good stewards of tax dollars, and promoting the state both nationally and internationally.
Ricketts delivered his remarks after inaugural ceremonies in the legislative chamber in which he, Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, Attorney General Doug Peterson, Secretary of State Bob Evnen, State Treasurer John Murante, State Auditor Charlie Janssen, as well as a new member of the Nebraska Supreme Court and members of the Public Service Commission, the Board of Education, and the University of Nebraska Board of Regents were sworn into office.
During his address, Ricketts stated his administration and the legislature must work together to provide opportunity for all Nebraskans.
“Four years ago, I borrowed the words from a great Nebraska stateswoman, (Congresswoman) Virginia Smith, who said there is no excellence without great labor. We’re going to have to work hard and work together. We’re going to have to roll up our sleeves, use a little bit of Nebraska grit. But, I’m confident, working together, we can address the priorities of Nebraskans.”
The inaugural ceremonies came a day after the Unicameral opened the 2019 legislative session.
AUDIO: Gov. Pete Ricketts delivers inaugural address. [10 minutes]