HELENA — Greg Gianforte was sworn in as Montana’s 25th governor Monday, becoming the state’s first Republican governor in 16 years.
Gianforte said he is committed to growing the state’s economy, lowering taxes, improving the state’s infrastructure and reining in state spending.
“For too long, state spending has grown out of control as taxpayers send more money to Helena. Its appetite has been insatiable,” he said.
While Republicans won every statewide office in the November election and increased their majority in the state legislature, Gianforte said he intends to work across the aisle.
“I firmly believe there is more that unites us than divides us,” he said. “That’s why I look forward to working with anyone – Democrat, Republican, or independent – who has a good idea.”
Kristen Juras was sworn in as lieutenant governor.
Attendance at the inauguration was limited to 25 people and attendees wore masks, except when speaking, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Gianforte has previously indicated he may lift a statewide mask mandate put in place by his Democratic predecessor, Steve Bullock, and instead rely on personal responsibility to follow public health guidance.
“I am confident, with vaccines and increased testing, we will get a better handle on our response to COVID-19,” he said.
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