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Edwards sworn in as Louisiana's 56th governor

10 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago January 11, 2016 Jan 11, 2016 Monday, January 11 2016 January 11, 2016 12:41 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - John Bel Edwards has been sworn in as the 56th governor of the state of Louisiana.

Edwards is promising that he will not be a "business-as-usual governor," as he takes office.

Edwards said he planned to tackle healthcare and wage issues as governor. He said he would work Tuesday to implement Medicaid expansion in Louisiana, and called on the Legislature to both implement a "living wage" and equal pay protections for women in the workforce.

Edwards is the only Democratic governor in the Deep South after an improbable election victory. He follows term-limited Republican Bobby Jindal into office, inheriting a budget mess that will require the Democratic leader to work with a majority GOP Legislature.

Six other statewide elected officials were also sworn into office Monday with Edwards.

To read a full copy of Edwards' address, click here.

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