Gov. Scott Walker Sworn in for Second Term as Wisconsin’s Governor


MADISON (WITI/AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is using his inaugural address to tout his record in Wisconsin, and draw a contrast with the federal government, as he considers a run for president.

Walker said in his inaugural speech Monday that the nation’s founders looked to states, not the ht_scott_walker_unintimidated_kb_131113_16x9_992federal government, as the source of hope for the country. He says, “We will not let them down.”

Walker also says that “in contrast to the politicians along the Potomac, we get things done here in the Badger State.”

Walker also says in his speech that he is dedicated to reducing the size of government and building the needed infrastructure to support a thriving economy.

Below are Governor Walker’s complete remarks:

Today, I thank God for His grace; for the privilege of living in such a remarkable country; and for growing up in the greatest state in the nation.  As the son of a small town pastor and a part-time secretary in Delavan, it is quite an honor to serve as your Governor.  Thank you for that cherished opportunity.

I want to thank my family: Tonette—who is my rock and an amazing First Lady; our sons, Matt and Alex—who have done an outstanding job serving as our masters of ceremony here today; my parents, Llew and Pat Walker—who always set a powerful example of how to serve others; my brother, David, sister-in-law, Maria, and their girls, Isabella and Eva; and to all of my other family members—I am grateful for all of your tremendous love and devotion.

Thanks go out to all who are participants in our ceremony today.  I am particularly grateful to the members of the 132nd Army Band and all of the other members of the Wisconsin National Guard—not only for your services today, but for the ongoing support of our many brave men and women who are deployed even as we speak.  Our prayers go out to each and every one of you.

And a special thank you as well to all of our outstanding veterans who served our country so faithfully.  We salute you.

And thank you to all of the people across Wisconsin who have offered your support and prayers to my family.  We are so very grateful.

You see, years ago, Tonette and I sat down and prayed about getting in the race for Governor.  We knew statewide elections are tough, but we were willing to make the sacrifice to ensure our sons would grow up in a Wisconsin that is as great as the one we grew up in.

Thankfully, because of our reforms, Matt and Alex’s generation is growing up in an even better Wisconsin.

They are young people, like my sons, as well as the daughters of our Lt. Governor and of our Attorney General.  The Kids from Wisconsin, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Green Bay Girl Choir, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Falls Baptist Music School Choirs and Chamber Orchestra, the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School, and the Bruce Guadalupe Community School Jazz Band—each of them here today represent all of the sons and daughters from across this great state.

Our children are leading this inauguration ceremony as a reminder of our big dreams for them—and for the future of this great state.

The founders of Wisconsin had a grand vision as well.  These ideals are laid out in the state Constitution that now rests here in this rotunda.

After the preamble, the start of this treasured document now reads:

“All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

These are powerful words.  A few moments ago, I took an oath to support this constitution and the Constitution of the United States.  I take that charge seriously.

Unlike other places around the world, this document says, in Wisconsin, it doesn’t matter what class you were born into or what your parents did for a living.  Here, our opportunities should be as equal as possible, but the outcomes should still be up to each and every one of us….(read more)


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