DeWine’s Cabinet sworn-in at Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse News

COLUMBUS (WDTN) – Similar to last week, members of Governor Mike DeWine’s Cabinet had their own ceremonial swearing in Tuesday at the Statehouse.

Those in political circles are talking about Governor DeWine’s Cabinet, saying there is a new tone being set because of its diversity.

Even before he was sworn in, political players like Rep. Niraj Antani were talking about his Cabinet.

“I’m the only minority Republican elected official at the state or federal level in Ohio, and I certainly appreciate this Governor’s commitment to diversity, to gender diversity, to racial diversity, but also to thought diversity,” he said.

Highlighting this diversity, DeWine’s Cabinet has people who have also served Democratic governors.

“It’s a strong Cabinet because those people on that cabinet were given the opportunity to be their best, to do their best to represent the people of Ohio,” says John Harris, Ohio Adjutant General.

Some of the Cabinet members have worked for DeWine in the past, like the Director of Job and Family Services, Kimberly Hall.

“He really is focused primarily on assembling the best team possible to deliver for the state of Ohio,” she says.

His pick for the Department of Agriculture is Dorothy Pelanda. She says hearing from Ohioans on topics from Lake Erie to amusement ride safety and Tyler’s Law is a priority.

“I’m going to be taking a good look at our inspectors and looking at the rules and how we certify them, and how we go about doing that very job,” she said.

After being ceremonially sworn in, the Cabinet members had their first meeting Tuesday.

 “Cabinet members should have the attitude that we’re the servant of the people. We need to understand that they are constituents. We’re going to talk about being responsive to the public,” says DeWine.

He says he wants state departments to innovate and he plans to challenge his Cabinet to make that happen.

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