Tom Corbett took the oath as the 46th governor of Pennsylvania, summoning the spirit of the state’s founder William Penn to describe his plan to “chart a new course” of limited government, restored integrity and fiscal discipline.
Under threatening skies and an icy chill, Corbett, with his wife Susan and two children by his side, placed his left hand on palm-sized Bible printed in 1698 that belonged to Penn. The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Castille.
The outdoor ceremony at the state Capitol was attended by more than 1,000 people, among them former governors Thornburgh, Ridge, Schweiker and Rendell.
While acknowledging the “pending storm” of the state budget deficit, Corbett, in his inaugural speech, promised a new era of civility and stressed innovation, creativity and courage to “advance the promise of Commonwealth.”