Lt. Gov. John Fetterman takes the oath of office, plans to work in bipartisan manner


The former mayor of a small Allegheny County mill town who is credited with starting the work of rebuilding a downtrodden Braddock is now Pennsylvania’s second highest officeholder.

John Fetterman took the oath of office administered by Superior Court Judge Debbie Kunselman to become the state’s lieutenant governor in a ceremony that took less than half an hour from the moment he stepped foot in the ornate Senate chambers.

The 6-foot, 8-inch unconventional politician who often has been seen in cargo shorts or jeans and wearing a short-sleeved Dickies work shirt that showed off his tattooed arms, dressed up for his swearing-in ceremony donning a black suit, white shirt and plain black tie.

The Bible he used to take the oath administered by Supreior Court Judge Deborah Kunselman was the one given to him in 2008 as a member of the electoral college when he cast a vote for Barack Obama for president.

Gathered to witness his inauguration in the packed room along with wife Gisele and their three children were his ticket-mate Gov. Tom Wolf and wife Frances and their family. Additionally, Fetterman’s parents and other family members, his mother-in-law, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Jeff Bartos, the running mate of Wolf’s GOP gubernatorial opponent Scott Wagner, also were in attendance.

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