Tomblin Sworn In As West Virginia's Governor

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Associated Press

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Updated Mon, Jan 14, 2013 2:16 pm
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

Earl Ray Tomblin has been sworn in to a full four-year term as West Virginia's governor.

The 60-year-old Democrat took the oath of office Monday at a ceremony on the south plaza of the state Capitol, overlooking the Kanawha River. Tomblin's wife of 32 years, Joanne, and their son Brent, held the Bible.

A public reception was set to follow the inauguration at the nearby Culture Center, with an inauguration ball scheduled for Monday night at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences.

Tomblin served as acting governor starting in November 2010 when predecessor Joe Manchin resigned to claim a seat in the U.S. Senate.

In 2011, Tomblin won an election to serve out the remainder of Manchin's term as governor and defeated Morgantown businessman Bill Maloney.

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