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Jeff Colyer Sworn In as 47th Governor of Kansas

Jeff Colyer speaking last year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Republican Jeff Colyer was sworn in as the 47th governor of Kansas during a Statehouse ceremony Wednesday. The newly minted chief executive calls it “a new day in Kansas.”

In the run-up to becoming Governor, Colyer repeatedly talked about changing the tone with his new administration. After taking the oath, he gave some clues about what that might mean.

“As a doctor, I will always level with you. I demand transparency and we embrace accountability,” Colyer said.

He didn’t offer specifics, but Colyer said he would be looking for a solution -- not a stand off -- in the Legislature’s response to the state Supreme Court ruling on school funding.

And he hinted at plans to address the lack of transparency and reports of sexual misconduct in the Kansas Statehouse.

“We will set a tone and insist on an environment of openness, honesty and respect, and without harassment, especially in this building,” Colyer said.

Colyer said he’ll address a joint session of the Kansas Legislature where he could unveil some policy proposals.

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