DENVER — John Hickenlooper took the oath of office for the second time Tuesday and laid out his plan for another term as Colorado’s governor.
He thanked voters for their support after a tough election last November.
In his speech, Hickenlooper recounted some of the struggles over his first term including wildfires, the Aurora theater shooting, the murder of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements and the separation with his wife.
Those events taught him humility, Hickenlooper said. They also showed him the strength of Coloradan’s spirit.
“I saw selflessness and heroics by first responders and civilians alike who put others above themselves,” Hickenlooper said.
The governor also took time in the speech to highlight what he thought were the successes of the past four years including civil unions for same-sex couples and regulations for natural gas exploration.
“Despite unexpected challenges and heartbreaking events, Colorado is no longer in a precarious state. It is a model state,” Hickenlooper said.
Hickenlooper was joined by his son, Teddy, during the oath of office.
Besides Hickenlooper, other state elected being sworn in for a second term are Lt. Gov Joe Garcia and Treasurer Walker Stapleton.
Taking their first oaths for statewide office will be incoming Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Secretary of State Wayne Williams.