Parnell Sworn In as Governor
December 6, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Sean Parnell was today sworn in as Alaska's 10th governor during an inaugural ceremony in Juneau. Mead Treadwell was sworn in as lieutenant governor. The oaths of office were administered by Chief Justice Walter L. Carpeneti.
Delivering his inaugural address to a large crowd, Governor Parnell shared his vision for the future of Alaska.
"In the days to come, we will tackle the task of growing our economy," Governor Parnell said. "Through leadership and action we will say 'no' to federal encroachment and 'yes' to unlocking our resources for Alaskans' benefit. We'll roll out a fiscally responsible budget and introduce legislation to create more opportunity for Alaskans.
"Lieutenant Governor Treadwell, my Cabinet, and I serve because we love Alaska. We love our people, our land, and our history. And we have great hope and vision for a bold and bright future that includes a lasting legacy of economic opportunity, access to our resources, safety for all Alaskans, and a transformational education for our children.
"We do not embark on this journey alone. We lock arms and join hearts with you, our fellow Alaskans, and we pursue greatness for Alaska - together."
"A civics teacher may tell you that government is all about power, and in our democracy power is vested in the people," said Lieutenant Governor Treadwell. "But a physics teacher will show you what power does is harness energy. Let us all give our energy to make Alaska a better place. I'm ready to give it all I've got and I hope you are, too. We've got to put Alaska first."
Governor Parnell will meet with his Cabinet on Tuesday in Juneau.