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On Jan. 7, 2019, Tony Evers, a Democrat, was sworn in as Wisconsin’s 46th governor at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The stately building, in recent years often the scene of chanting and protests, was filled with choirs, string ensembles and the bombastic music of the 132nd Army National Guard Band. Giant American flags adorned the rotunda, as dignitaries, legislators and members of the public filled the halls to celebrate the new governor, the former superintendent of public schools for Wisconsin. In attendance were members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as well as five former governors. Evers defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who was running for a third, four-year term.
Also sworn in by Chief Justice Patience Roggensack were Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and Secretary of State Doug La Follette, all Democrats. The ceremony was emceed by Milwaukee architect and businessman Nick Robinson, and began with an invocation by the Rev. Willie Brisco.
“This is bigger than me; this is about the people of Wisconsin,” Evers said. “It’s about setting aside political interests and personal ambitions to work together on solving problems. It’s about putting people first.”
After receiving multiple standing ovations from the crowd, Evers ended his inaugural address with “Let’s polka tonight and get to work tomorrow.”
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Coburn Dukehart is the Associate Director at Wisconsin Watch. She joined the organization in 2015 as the Digital and Multimedia Director. She is currently head of product and audience, directs visual and digital strategy; creates visual content; manages digital assets and trains student and professional journalists. Dukehart previously was a senior photo editor at National Geographic, picture and multimedia editor at NPR, and a photo editor at USATODAY.com and washingtonpost.com. She has received numerous awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International and the White House News Photographers Association.
Emily Hamer is a recent graduate of UW–Madison with degrees in journalism and philosophy. She has formerly worked as an intern for University Communications and WisPolitics, and as an editor at The Badger Herald newspaper.