COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican Mike DeWine is about to be sworn in as Ohio’s seventieth governor in a midnight ceremony at his Cedarville residence.
The former U.S. senator will take his oath in the small ceremony hours earlier than his public inauguration Monday on the Statehouse in entrance of pals and members of his giant household. An inaugural gala follows at the Statehouse later Monday.
He and operating mate Jon Husted led a GOP sweep of nonjudicial, statewide workplaces in the November election. DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray to succeed time period-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich, a possible 2020 presidential challenger.
DeWine acquired campaign help from each President Donald Trump, who rallied with Republican candidates in Cleveland on the eve of the election, and Kasich, a frequent Trump critic.
DeWine happens to be the oldest individual elected Ohio governor, having simply turned 72 on Jan. 5. His doctor vouched earlier than the election that DeWine was in “excellent” health.
He is amongst Ohio’s most properly-recognized politicians after serving in elected office for 4 many years, including as a state lawmaker, congressman, lieutenant governor and, most just lately, state lawyer common. In that position, DeWine opposed the Reasonably priced Care Act and funding for Planned Parenthood.
He also has indicated he would have signed the so-referred to as heartbeat invoice, which might have given Ohio one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion legal guidelines if it wasn’t twice vetoed by Kasich, who argued that it’s unconstitutional and would lead the state right into a pricey legal battle. Lawmakers within the GOP-led Ohio Legislature are expected to push the measure again this yr.