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Greg Gianforte Sworn In as Montana's 25th Governor

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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (Tommy Martino/AP)

Monday, 04 January 2021 02:32 PM

Greg Gianforte was sworn in as Montana's 25th governor Monday, becoming the state’s first Republican governor in 16 years.

Gianforte, 59, said he is committed to growing the state’s economy, lowering taxes, improving the state’s infrastructure, and reining in state spending.

“For too long, state spending has grown out of control as taxpayers send more money to Helena. Its appetite has been insatiable,” he said.

While Republicans won every statewide office in the November election and increased their majority in the state legislature, Gianforte said he intends to work across the aisle.

“I firmly believe there is more that unites us than divides us,” he said. “That’s why I look forward to working with anyone — Democrat, Republican, or independent — who has a good idea.”

Gianforte is a self-made technology mogul whose political career included a stinging defeat for governor in 2016 and unwanted notoriety when he assaulted a reporter a day before a special election he won to earn a seat in the U.S. House in 2017. He was reelected to the U.S. House in 2018.

Kristen Juras was sworn in as lieutenant governor.

Attendance at the inauguration was limited to 25 people and attendees wore masks, except when speaking, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Gianforte has previously indicated he may lift a statewide mask mandate put in place by his Democrat predecessor, Steve Bullock, and instead rely on personal responsibility to follow public health guidance.

“I am confident, with vaccines and increased testing, we will get a better handle on our response to COVID-19,” he said.

Newly elected officials took the helm of other statewide offices on Monday. Austin Knudsen was sworn in as the state's attorney general; Christi Jacobsen was sworn in as the state's new secretary of state; and Troy Downing was sworn in as the new state auditor. Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen was sworn in for her second term in the office. All are Republicans.

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Greg Gianforte was sworn in as Montana's 25th governor Monday, becoming the state's first Republican governor in 16 years. Gianforte, 59, said he is committed to growing the state's economy, lowering taxes, improving the state's infrastructure and reining in state...
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