Denn Takes Office As Delaware's Lieutenant Governor

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Newark - In a ceremony shortly after midnight, Matt Denn was sworn-in as Delaware's Lieutenant Governor, pledging to fulfill his promise to be a voice for the state's children.

Because the requirement for taking office on the third Tuesday in January put them on the same day as the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gov. Denn and Gov. Jack Markell took their oaths of office in a brief ceremony just after midnight. A full inauguration ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 21 in front of Legislative Hall in Dover.

In his short remarks to hundreds of Delawareans who turned out in the middle of the night, Lt. Gov. Denn spoke of thinking of Delaware's children in the same way he thinks of his own 4-year-old twins when he checks on them at night.

"In those quiet moments, watching our boys asleep, we will feel the same wash of emotions that every other parent feels. We will worry about how they are doing today. We will think of what could be tomorrow. And we will know in our hearts that we would do absolutely anything to make them OK and give them a chance to live out their dreams. Our test as a state is whether we will look out for all of its children with a passion that rivals how we protect our own," Lt. Gov. Denn said.

"My goal, very simply, is to bring our state to the point that when Adam and Zach are in high school twelve years or so from now, the Delaware where children's potential was limited by the circumstances of their birth is something they read about in civics class rather than something they live," he said. "To get to that point, we have a lot of work to do, and that work begins now. Jack, my friend, we have some difficult days ahead, but I look forward to spending the next four years with you beginning the work of granting every Delaware kid the boundless opportunity that is his birthright."