Holcomb begins new time period, says Indiana Clawing Again

Eric Holcomb is sworn in as Governor of Indiana by Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush in a Bible his wife Janet held during an opening ceremony at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis on Monday, January 11, 2021.  - AP Photo / Darron Cummings

Eric Holcomb is sworn in as Governor of by Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush in a Bible his wife Janet held during an opening ceremony at the Indiana Museum in on Monday, January 11, 2021.

AP Photo / Darron Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb began his second term on Monday with a look at the pandemic.

Holcomb swore the oath of office during a ceremony in front of family members and several state officials at the Indiana State Museum, where attendees wore masks as precautions for .

The 52-year-old Republican governor won a landslide re-election victory in November after a campaign that focused on his actions in response to the pandemic.

Holcomb said he will “stay laser-focused” to tackle the state’s recovery from the pandemic and distribute the coronavirus vaccines.

He pointed out that the state’s unemployment rate fell from 17.5% during the coronavirus shutdown last spring to 5.0% in November, and pointed to Indiana’s low taxes and business-friendly regulations spurring economic recovery.

“We’re certainly not where we need to be, but we’re fighting our way back,” said Holcomb.

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and new Attorney General Todd Rokita, both Republicans, also began a four-year term on Monday.

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