Vowing a new direction in Missouri politics, Eric Greitens was sworn in Monday as the state’s 56th governor.
Greitens’ inauguration ushers in an era of complete Republican control of the state’s legislative and executive branches. It’s an opportunity that many members of the GOP are relishing – even though some warn that the party risks taking all the blame if it can’t govern to Missourians’ liking.
In his inaugural address, Greitens avoided the inflammatory rhetoric of his campaign stump speech. But he continued to emphasize his status as a political outsider and didn’t back down on the spirit of his ethics reform message, saying he will “always remember why you sent me here and what you expect from me. I will be loyal to your needs and priorities — not to those who posture or pay for influence.”
He acknowledged “big fights ahead for big things” but also shared a message of unity.
Before Greitens took his oath, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Treasurer Eric Schmitt and Attorney General Josh Hawley were sworn in. Like Greitens, the other four new statewide elected officials are all Republicans.