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Matt Blunt is Sworn In as Missouri's 54th Governor

In front of a crowd of thousands, Republican Matt Blunt was sworn into office during a ceremony in Jefferson City. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

After taking the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Judge Stephen Limbaugh, Governor Matt Blunt gave his inaugural address. He began by claiming he has a mandate.

That's the Senate Democratic leader Maida Coleman.

She says he doesn't have a mandate.

In addition to the mandate of change, Governor Matt BLunt talked about the need to make Missouri more business-friendly.

Later in his address, Blunt talked about what government should not be doing.

Springfield Senator Norma Champion was part of the governor's escort committee.

Champion, a Republican says she was pleased with Blunt's address.

After giving his inaugural address, Governor Matt Blunt and his wife Melanie greeted members of the public at the mansion.