Wow! What a week!
After a full day on Monday, the big event was the inauguration of Governor Hickenlooper on Tuesday the 11th of January. It was a very cold morning and took place on the west side of the Capitol. The Governor, later at a reception, told me that his hands were so cold that he couldn’t turn the pages on his speech.
Legislators and legislators-elect were introduced and seated in front and facing the area where the swearing in took place. Before everything was done, we had the luxury of the sun warming us a little, and we were blessed with very little wind. Also sworn in were Attorney General John Suthers, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and, of course, Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia. Also on the stand were all of the outgoing officials led by Governor Ritter.
I was proud that the Southern Ute Tribe, represented by Chairman Matthew Box and others, was there and had a special part in the ceremony of blessing the event, the governor and the Lieutenant Governor.
I was impressed with the Governor’s speech. He gave his State of the State to a joint session of the legislature on Thursday. I also heard the Governor speak at two receptions and finally in Durango on Saturday morning. In his warm and down home way, he repeated his theme that we must open our doors and welcome business in Colorado. He said that nowhere in Colorado is there the “mood” to raise taxes. He stressed the need to improve efficiency, eliminate waste,and cut “red tape” and punitive regulation. Finally, he stressed the need to work in a bipartisan fashion to accomplish what is best for Colorado.
To the joint session, the Governor said, “Together, we have the opportunity to redefine the role of government and to redefine how we govern. I charge this collective body to believe that each of your colleagues is here with good intent and has undertaken the role of public service to do the right thing for the people of this state and for our future.”
Republican Frank McNulty, Speaker of the House, in his speech to the joint session of the legislature, repeated much of the same theme. I look forward to working with these men to return Colorado to better times.
The big day for me was on Wednesday the 12th of January, when I was sworn into office in the 68th General Assembly of the Colorado Legislature by the honorable Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court Michael L. Bender. “I, J. Paul Brown, do solemnly swear that I will uphold the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Colorado, and that I will faithfully perform the duties of my office to the best of my knowledge and ability, so help me God.”
I want to thank all those who came to be with me on that special day, and all for your continued prayers.