Oath of Office

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Governor Jack Markell and Lt. Govenor Matt Denn both spoke of an obligation to future generations as they took their oaths, delivered their inaugural addresses and officially began their second terms. They were joined by their families, members of the General Assembly, former Governors and Lieutenant Governors, elected officials and community members for a inaugural ceremony at Central Middle School in Dover.

Inaugural Address

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In his remarks, Lt. Governor Denn spoke of an "obligation to lay a foundation for greatness."

"Here in Delaware, we do our part by recognizing that greatness comes when we help individuals fulfill their God-given potential," said Lt. Governor Denn. "When we recognize that the next Steve Jobs may be the eight year old son of a struggling single parent in Wilmington, waiting to be inspired by a great teacher. That the next Sonia Sotomayor may be a toddler in Seaford, whose life will be forever changed by the help she gets before she is even three years old. We have a moral obligation to our state's children to help them achieve."

The Lt. Governor concluded his remarks by encouraging Delawareans to look out for one another and support all of the state's children as if they were their own.

"If we keep these values in our hearts, they will steer us toward decisions that will fulfill our greatest aspirations for our state and its people, and bring closer the day when we make true the words of the American poet Walt Whitman, who told us that the strongest and sweetest songs remain to be sung."

- 2013 Inauguration Address Transcript of Address

- 2013 Inuguration Day Press Release

Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

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Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn gave these remarks at the Interfaith Prayer Service held prior to the Governor's and Lieutenant Governor's inauguration on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

One person’s impact on one person. The Talmud tells us that the reason God placed Adam on earth alone was to show us that he who destroys a single soul is viewed as if he had destroyed the entire world, and he who saves a soul is viewed as having saved the world. In the Talmud it comes up in the discussion about punishments for taking human life.

If the phrase sounds familiar, it’s probably because Steven Spielberg adopted it as the tagline to his movie “Schindler’s List” about saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust. But viewed in context, it means more than that.

It speaks to the preciousness of each human life, not just of the life itself but of its quality, dignity and richness.

- 2013 Interfaith Prayer Service: Transcript of Remarks