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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin To Take Oath Of Office

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATED: 01/14/2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has touted accomplishments made under his administration and vowed to continue seeking improvements over a full four-year term.

Tomblin gave an 18-minute speech Monday after taking his public oath of office at a ceremony on the south plaza of the state Capitol, overlooking the Kanawha River

Tomblin mentioned the state's balanced budget and rainy day fund. He touted tax cuts, including the state's food tax that is being eliminated next July. And he said the state is less than four years from paying off its workers compensation debt, which he called "an albatross around our economic neck."

Tomblin vowed to protect West Virginia coal and drew applause when he vowed to fight to get the federal government "off our backs and leave us alone."

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is ready to take the oath of office again.

An inauguration ceremony is set for Monday afternoon at the state Capitol's south plaza.

Several state officials also will be sworn in, among them new Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

For those unable to attend, the ceremony is being broadcast online at www.governor.wv.gov. It also is being shown at the state Culture Center, where a public reception will be held following the ceremony.

Tomblin won a full four-year term by defeating Republican businessman Bill Maloney in November. Tomblin also beat Maloney in a special election in October 2011 to fill the vacancy created when Joe Manchin took a seat in the U.S. Senate.

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