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The Inauguration of the Governor 2003

posted on January 17, 2003

FOUR YEARS AGO IOWA USHERED IN ITS FIRST DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR IN THIRTY YEARS. TODAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF HIS SECOND TERM. FROM THE KNAPP CENTER ON THE DRAKE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN DES MOINES, THE INAUGURATION OF GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK AND LT. GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON. HERE IS DEAN BORG.

Borg: GOOD MORNING. IT'S A BIG DAY FOR THE STATE OF IOWA, INAUGURATING A GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FOR SECOND FOUR-YEAR TERMS. GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK, LT. GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON TAKING THE OATHS OF OFFICE AS THEY WALK DOWN THE CENTER AISLE HERE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES, UP TO THE PODIUM WHERE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE IOWA SUPREME COURT, LOUIS LAVORATO, WILL HOLD TRADITIONAL BIBLES THAT IMPORTANT IN THE FAMILIES OF BOTH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PEDERSON AND GOVERNOR VILSACK, AND THEN THEY'LL TAKE THE OATHS OF OFFICE FOR THEIR SECOND FOUR-YEAR TERMS.

GATHERED HERE AT THE KNAPP CENTER ON THE DRAKE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, THE JOINT SESSION OF THE IOWA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND WELL WISHERS, FRIENDS, AND SUPPORTERS FROM ACROSS STATE, WHO HAVE EITHER GOTTEN UP VERY EARLY THIS MORNING TO TRAVEL DOWN TO DES MOINES FOR THIS MAYBE FOR MOST OF THEM, THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENT TO WATCH THE INAUGURATION. SOME OF THEM CAME IN LAST NIGHT FOR WHAT WAS THE START OF THE INAUGURATION TWO-DAY CELEBRATION. THAT WAS OUT AT THE IOWA STATE FAIRGROUNDS. IN CONTRAST TO THE POMP AND CEREMONY THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE SEEING HERE TODAY, IT WAS A BIG BARBEQUE AND A SQUARE DANCE OUT AT THE IOWA STATE FAIRGROUNDS LAST NIGHT. OF COURSE, CAPPING THE DAY'S FESTIVITIES, THE INAUGURAL BALL TONIGHT AT THE POLK COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER IN DOWNTOWN DES MOINES. YOU SEE NOW SOME OF THE ENTOURAGE COMING IN.

WE'LL LISTEN AND HEAR SOME OF THE ANNOUNCEMENTS. YOU CAN SEE ON THE MAIN FLOOR THE MEMBERS OF THE IOWA GENERAL ASSEMBLY SEATED AND NOW BEING USHERED IN, OUR OTHER HONORED GUESTS WHO YOU HEARD ANNOUNCED. ACTUALLY, THIS IS A VERY DIVERSE GROUP HERE, A CROSS SECTION OF IOWANS SEATED THROUGHOUT THEAUDITORIUM. MANY CHILDREN, AND WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT THEM AS THIS TELECAST GOES ON, TELLING YOU WHY THEY'RE HERE. MANY OF THEM ARE JUST GUESTS AND WON'T HAVE A PART IN THE PROGRAM. OTHERS HAVE HAD A SPECIAL PART AND OTHERS STILL WILL BE TAKING PART IN THE PROGRAM. IN THE PROGRAM ITSELF, YOU'LL SEE IS A VERY DIVERSE PROGRAM CALLING UPON GROUPS FROM ACROSS THE STATE, REPRESENTATIONS OF IOWA SOCIETY, AND PARTICIPANTS FROM ALL SECTIONS OF THE STATE.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE STAFF OF THE IOWA FOSTER AND ADOPTED PARENTS ASSOCIATION ESCORTED MAJOR VERDE.

Borg: THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL GROUP HERE, THE ADOPTIVE PARENTS AND FOSTER PARENTS ASSOCIATION. THIS IS A PARTNER OF THE INAUGURAL COMMITTEE, THIS ASSOCIATION. AND YOU WILL SEE THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM, IN FACT FOUR CHILDREN, I BELIEVE IT IS, LATER IN THE PROGRAM, WHO ARE EITHER FOSTER CHILDREN OR ADOPTED CHILDREN WHO WILL HAVE A PART IN THE PROGRAM. IN FACT, ANY COSTS -- OR I SHOULD SAY EXCESSES OVER AND ABOVE THE DONATED PROCEEDS TO FINANCE THE INAUGURAL CELEBRATION WILL GO TO THE FOSTER PARENTS AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS ASSOCIATION.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT AND JUDGES OF THE COURT OF APPEALS, ESCORTED BY COLONEL BEARAL.

Borg: AS WE SEE THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES AND THE JUSTICES OF THE IOWA COURT OF APPEALS, ACTUALLY MANY OF THESE PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE JUSTICES THAT ARE COMING IN NOW, TOOK PART IN THE "CONDITION OF THE STATE ADDRESS," WHICH WAS ON TUESDAY OVER AT THE IOWA STATEHOUSE. PEOPLE THAT YOU SEE THERE ARE NOT JUSTICES. YOU SEE TED STILWILL JUST A MOMENT AGO. HE'S DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT AND JUDGES OF THE COURT OF APPEALS, ESCORTED BY COLONEL BEAREL.

Borg: AS I SAID EARLIER, THE CHIEF JUSTICE WILL ACTUALLY BE ON THE PODIUM FOR THE SWEARING IN, CHIEF JUSTICE LAVORATO. THESE ARE THE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT AND JUSTICES OF THE IOWA COURT OF APPEALS.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, STATE AUDITOR DAVID VAUDT AND JEANIE VAUDT ESCORTED BY LT. COLONEL KING.

Borg: AS I REFERRED EARLIER TO THE COSTS BEING UNDERWRITTEN --

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ATTORNEY GENERAL TOM MILLER ESCORTED BY LT. COLONEL FREEZE.

Borg: THAT'S NOT TOM MILLER THERE. THERE'S TOM MILLER. BACK TO THE INAUGURAL COSTS, THE INAUGURAL COMMITTEE PUTTING ALL OF THESE ACTIVITIES TOGETHER HAS VOWED TO HOLD DOWN THE COSTS FROM FOUR YEARS AGO.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE, CHET CULVER AND MARY CULVER, ESCORTED BY CHIEF WARREN OFFICER FUNK.

Borg: THAT'S TOM MILLER RIGHT THERE, BUT WE'LL SEE CHET CULVER AND HIS WIFE COME IN IN JUST A MOMENT. THERE THEY ARE. WELL, IN 1999 --

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE PATTY JUDGE AND SENATOR JOHN JUDGE ESCORTED BY LT. COLONEL RICE.

Borg: THERE'S THE CULVERS THERE. NOW PATTY JUDGE, THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, AND MR. JUDGE.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, STATE TREASURER MIKE FITZGERALD, ESCORTED BY COLONEL REIFER. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FORMER GOVERNOR RAY, ESCORTED BY COLONEL SCHWABB.

Borg: MIKE FITZGERALD, STATE TREASURER. GOVERNOR RAY, INAUGURATED HIMSELF MANY TIMES, HAS HAD SOME HEALTH CONCERNS OF RECENT MONTHS, BUT HE'S HERE TODAY TO SEE TOM VILSACK, A DEMOCRAT. ACTUALLY, BOB RAY A REPUBLICAN, OF COURSE -- BUT TO SEE TOM VILSACK, A DEMOCRAT, INAUGURATED. WE TALKED ABOUT EXPENSES A FEW MINUTES AGO, $475,000 SPENT ON A THREE-DAY CELEBRATION FOUR YEARS AGO, BUT THEY'RE HOLDING THAT DOWN THIS YEAR. THIS IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE IOWA SENATE, MARY KRAMER OF DES MOINES.

Kramer: WILL THE LEGISLATIVE INAUGURAL COMMITTEE, CONSISTING OF: THE SENATOR FROM JONES, SENATOR HOSCH; THE SENATOR FROM ALLAMAKEE, SENATOR ZIEMAN; THE SENATOR FROM TAMA, SENATOR PUTNEY; THE SENATOR FROM PALO ALTO, SENATOR KIBBIE; THE SENATOR FROM CERRO GORDO, SENATOR RAGAN; AND THE SENATOR FROM POTTAWATTAMIE, ON THE PART OF THE SENATE; AND THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM POLK, REPRESENTATIVE RAECKER; THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM SCOTT, REPRESENTATIVE JIM VAN FOSSEN; THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM HARDIN, REPRESENTATIVE GRANZOE; THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLOYD, REPRESENTATIVE KUHN; THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM LINN, REPRESENTATIVE HOGG; THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM JOHNSON, REPRESENTATIVE LENSING, ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE, PLEASE RETIRE AND ESCORT GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON TO THE JOINT CONVENTION. THE JOINT CONVENTION WILL THEN STAND AT EASE UNTIL THE FALL OF THE GAVEL.

Borg: ALL THE ELEMENTS OF ELEGANCE AND DIVERSITY, THOUGH, ARE NOT LOST.

Kramer: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE SERGEANT AT ARMS.

Rhoads: MADAM PRESIDENT, YOUR COMMITTEE TO ESCORT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON AND GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK HAS ARRIVED.

Kramer: PLEASE ESCORT THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO THEIR SEATS.

Borg: AS I WAS SAYING, ALL THE ELEMENTS OF ELEGANCE AND DIVERSITY ARE NOT LOST, EVEN THOUGH THIS INAUGURAL IS SCALED DOWN FROM WHAT IT WAS WHEN IT WAS HELD FOUR YEARS AGO IN VETERANS AUDITORIUM. THE CROWD IS CONSIDERABLY SMALLER BECAUSE THERE ARE FEWER INVITED GUESTS.

Rhoads: MADAM PRESIDENT, CHIEF JUSTICE LAVORATO HAS ARRIVED.

Kramer: PLEASE ESCORT CHIEF JUSTICE LAVORATO TO HIS SEAT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES AGAIN THE SERGEANT AT ARMS.

Rhoads: MADAM PRESIDENT, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON, JIM AUTRY, AND THEIR SON, RONALD AUTRY, HAS ARRIVED.

Kramer: PLEASE ESCORT THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND HER FAMILY TO THEIR SEATS. [ APPLAUSE ]

Borg: LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON AND HER HUSBAND, JIM AUTRY, AND THEIR SON ARE BEING ESCORTED IN NOW. SALLY PEDERSON HAS ROOTS IN EASTERN IOWA. SHE GREW UP IN THE VINTON AREA, ACTIVE IN 4-H CLUB WORK THERE. SHE EXHIBITED AT THE COUNTY FAIRS IN THAT AREA. HER SPECIAL EMPHASIS DURING THE FIRST FOUR YEARS HAS BEEN ON CHILDREN'S HEALTH, CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. AND YOU'LL SEE THAT COMING THROUGH, I BELIEVE, IN HER ADDRESS HERE TODAY, AND ALSO IN THE PEOPLE THAT SHE HAD A PART IN CHOOSING TO TAKE PART IN THIS INAUGURAL.

Kramer: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE SERGEANT AT ARMS.

Borg: THIS IS SERGEANT AT ARMS WILBUR RHOADS.

Rhoads: MADAM PRESIDENT, GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK, CHRISTIE VILSACK, AND THEIR SONS, DOUG AND JESS, HAVE ARRIVED.

Kramer: PLEASE ESCORT THE GOVERNOR AND HIS FAMILY TO THEIR SEATS. [ APPLAUSE ]

Borg: THE GOVERNOR, FIRST LADY CHRISTIE VILSACK. JESS VILSACK, 25 YEARS OLD, IS A THIRD-YEAR LAW STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. HIS 21-YEAR OLD BROTHER, DOUG, IS A SENIOR AT COLORADO COLLEGE IN COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO. FOUR YEARS AGO, I RECALL, THAT AT LEAST IT WAS THE YOUNGER BOY, DOUG, WAS SINGING IN THE MT. PLEASANT HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR AS A PART OF HIS DAD'S INAUGURAL CEREMONY. NOW HE'S A SENIOR AT COLORADO COLLEGE IN COLORADO SPRINGS. STANDING OVATION HERE AT THE KNAPP CENTER FOR THIS GOVERNOR WHO HAS INCREASED, I BELIEVE, IN HIS POPULARITY AS HIS TERM HAS GONE ALONG. HE CERTAINLY RECEIVED A LOT OF PRAISE ON TUESDAY FOR HIS VISION IN THE "CONDITION OF THE STATE ADDRESS."

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE REMAIN STANDING FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS, OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM, THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. THE COLORS WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE IOWA NATIONAL GUARD.

Borg: WHEN THE COLORS HAVE BEEN PLACED, WE'LL ACTUALLY BE LED IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE BY A FIREFIGHTER. HIS NAME IS JOE COEN. HE'S FROM NEWTON. BEFORE THAT, THE NATIONAL ANTHEM WILL BE SUNG BY EFFIE BURT. MS. BURT IS A SECURITY OFFICER AT THE JOHN DEERE TRACTOR WORKS IN WATERLOO. SHE SANG THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE INAUGURAL BALL FOUR YEARS AGO. NOW SHE'S SINGING AT THE INAUGURAL. THE GOVERNOR, FIRST LADY, AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR HEARD HER SING ON MANY OCCASIONS AND ASKED HER TO SING HERE TODAY. EFFIE BURT, SECURITY OFFICER AT THE JOHN DEERE TRACTOR WORKS IN WATERLOO. \M OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE \M BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT \M WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED \M AT THE TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING \M WHOSE BROAD STRIPES \M AND BRIGHT STARS \M THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT \M O'ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED \M WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING \M AND THE ROCKETS' RED GLARE \M THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR \M GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT \M THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE \M O SAY, DOES THAT STAR SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE \M O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE \M AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE \M\M JOE COEN OF NEWTON IS GOING TO LEAD THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. HE WAS CHOSEN AS A TRIBUTE TO THE EVERYDAY HEROS OF IOWA AND THE U.S. CHRISTIE VILSACK WAS JOE COEN'S TEACHER IN MT. PLEASANT.

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

Kramer: I THINK SPECIAL THANKS ARE IN ORDER TOO FOR THE WONDERFUL RENDITION OF "THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER" TO EFFIE BURT FROM WATERLOO. [ APPLAUSE ]

AND ALSO TO JOE COEN, A FIREFIGHTER FROM NEWTON. THANK YOU, EFFIE AND JOE. THE INVOCATION THIS MORNING WILL BE DELIVERED BY SISTER CATHERINE DUNN OF CLARKE COLLEGE IN DUBUQUE, IOWA.

Borg: SISTER DUNN IS NOT ONLY GOING TO READ AN INVOCATION, YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR HER SING PART OF IT.

Sister Dunn: WE STAND HERE TODAY IN THE PRESENCE OF A LOVING AND GENEROUS GOD. LET US ALL TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE HERE IN THE MIDST OF OUR BUSY LIVES IN ORDER TO COLLECT THE EVENTS OF TODAY AND BRING OURSELVES, BODY AND SOUL, INTO THIS GATHERING. WE ASSEMBLE HERE TODAY TO INAUGURATE GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON. GRACIOUS AND LOVING GOD, WE ASK YOUR BLESSING, YOUR ABUNDANT BLESSINGS, ON EACH OF THEM, THEIR FAMILIES, AND THOSE WITH WHOM THEY WORK. WE PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AS THEY FACE THE MANY CHALLENGES OF THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. WE, THE PEOPLE OF IOWA, ENJOY A STATE FOUNDED ON A GREAT SENSE OF COMMUNITY. EXTEND YOUR BLESSING TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS HEARTLAND STATE. NOURISH THEM WITH DEEP AND PERVASIVE LOVE OF OUR LAND, OUR COMMUNITIES, AND OUR FAMILIES. WITH YOUR HELP, WE WILL STAND BESIDE OUR GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TO ASSIST THEM IN TURNING CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES INTO SUCCESS. IN THIS PROCESS, MAY WE ALWAYS BE REMINDED TO KNOW AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE IMPORTANT AND THE UNIMPORTANT. LET NOTHING BLOCK OUR VISION BY SEEMING IMPORTANT WHEN REALLY UNIMPORTANT OR BY SEEMING UNIMPORTANT WHEN REALLY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE KNOWN YOUR FAVOR AS A STATE OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND REQUEST THAT YOU CONTINUE TO BLESS US. ON THIS 17TH DAY OF JANUARY 2003, WE ALSO ASK YOU TO BLESS OUR COUNTRY, OUR WORLD, AND ALL LEADERS. WE SIT ON A VERY FRAGILE PRECIPICE. NO ONE ON EARTH REALLY WANTS THE PAIN AND HORROR OF WAR. WE DON'T WANT TO KILL OR BE KILLED, HURT OR BE HURT. STILL, WE OFTEN FEEL SMALL AND HELPLESS. MAY IT BE THROUGH YOU THAT WE ARE TAUGHT THE WAYS OF PEACE. CALM OUR TROUBLED HEARTS AND GRANT TO ALL PEOPLES AND THEIR LEADERS AN ENDURING PATIENCE IN THE SEARCH OF JUSTICE AND PEACE. AMIDST THE BEAUTY OF THIS DAY, IN THIS SETTING, AT THIS HONORABLE OCCASION, AND IN THIS STATE, WE ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN SOMETHING NEW. OUR LEADERS, THE GOVERNOR AND THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, ARE REACHING OUT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE IOWA OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY IS A PROSPERING IOWA FOR TOMORROW. MAY WE KEEP OUR HEARTS AND MINDS OPEN TO THIS NEW BEGINNING. MAY WE KNOW THE HAPPINESS OF WORKING TOGETHER IN OUR COMMUNITIES, IN OUR REGIONAL AREAS, AND IN OUR STATE, KNOWING THAT WE WILL HAVE THE QUIET JOY OF DOING THE RIGHT THINGS AT THE RIGHT TIME, FOR THE RIGHT REASONS, FOR THIS STRONG STATE. MAY THE BLESSINGS OF GOD BE UPON EACH OF US TODAY. \M MAY THE ROAD \M RISE TO MEET YOU \M MAY THE WIND \M BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BACK \M MAY THE SUN SHINE BRIGHT \M UPON YOUR FACE \M THE RAIN FALL GENTLY \M ON YOUR FIELDS \M AND UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN \M MAY GOD HOLD US \M IN THE PALM OF HIS HANDS \M\M\M

Borg: SISTER CATHERINE DUNN IS THE PRESIDENT OF CLARKE COLLEGE IN DUBUQUE.

Kramer: THANK YOU, SISTER. AT THIS TIME WE WELCOME JORDYN KRACHT, ADRIANNA SCHRADER, JEFF BECKER, AND DANIELLE JACKSON, WHO WILL READ AN EXCERPT FROM MAYA ANGELOU'S "ON THE PULSE OF MORNING."

ACROSS THE WALL OF THE WORLD, A RIVER SINGS A BEAUTIFUL SONG. IT SAYS COME REST HERE BY MY SIDE. THERE IS A TRUE YEARNING TO RESPOND TO THE SINGING RIVER AND THE WISE ROCK. SO SAY THE ASIAN, THE HISPANIC, THE JEW, THE AFRICAN, THE NATIVE AMERICAN, THE SIOUX, THE CATHOLIC, THE MUSLIM, THE FRENCH, THE GREEK, THE IRISH, THE RABBI, THE PRIEST, THE SHEIKH, THE GAY, THE STRAIGHT, THE PREACHER, THE PRIVILEGED, THE HOMELESS, THE TEACHER. THEY ALL HEAR THE SPEAKING OF THE TREE. >> THEY HEAR THE FIRST AND LAST OF EVERY TREE SPEAK TO HUMANKIND TODAY. COME TO ME, HERE BESIDE THE RIVER. PLANT YOURSELF BESIDE ME, HERE BESIDE THE RIVER. YOU, WHO GAVE ME MY FIRST NAME, YOU PAWNEE, APACHE,SENECA, YOU CHEROKEE NATION, WHO RESTED WITH ME, THEN FORGED ON BOLDLY FEET, LEFT ME TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF STARVING FOR GOLD. YOU TURK, YOU ARAB, YOU SWEDE, THE GERMAN, THE ESKIMO, THE SCOT, YOU THE ASHANTI, THE YORUBA, THE KRU.

HERE, ROOT YOURSELVES BESIDE ME. I AM THE TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVER, WHICH WILL NOT BE MOVED. I, THE ROCK, I, THE RIVER, I, THE TREE. I AM YOURS. YOUR PASSAGES HAVE BEEN PAID. LIFT UP YOUR FACES, YOU HAVE A PIERCING NEED FOR THIS BRIGHT MORNING DAWNING FOR YOU. HISTORY, DESPITE ITS WRENCHING PAIN, CANNOT BE UNLIVED, BUT IF FACED WITH COURAGE, NEED NOT BE LIVED AGAIN. LIFT UP YOUR EYES UPON THIS DAY BREAKING FOR YOU. GIVE BIRTH AGAIN TO THE DREAM.

THE HORIZON LEANS FORWARD, OFFERING YOU SPACE TO PLACE NEW STEPS OF CHANGE. HERE, ON THE PULSE OF THIS FINE DAY, YOU MAY HAVE THE COURAGE TO LOOK UP AND OUT AND UPON ME, THE ROCK, THE RIVER, THE TREE, YOUR COUNTRY. HERE ON THE PULSE OF THIS NEW DAY YOU MAY HAVE THE GRACE TO LOOK UP AND OUT AND INTO YOUR SISTER'S EYES AND INTO YOUR BROTHER'S FACE, YOUR COUNTRY, AND SAY SIMPLY, VERY SIMPLY, WITH HOPE, GOOD MORNING. [ APPLAUSE ]

Borg: THEY WERE SELECTED TO FEATURE THE VILSACK/PEDERSON INAUGURAL COMMITTEE'S CHARITABLE PARTNER, THE IOWA FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS ASSOCIATION. THE INAUGURAL THEME IS "IOWA'S STRONG FAMILIES AND SECURE FUTURES."

Kramer: THANK YOU, JORDYN, ADRIANNA, JEFF, AND DANIELLE. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO PRESENT THE HONORABLE LOUIS A. LAVORATO, THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF IOWA, WHO WILL ADMINISTER THE OATH OF OFFICE TO LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PEDERSON, WITH MR. JIM AUTRY ASSISTING.

Lavorato: RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND REPEAT AFTER ME, PLEASE.

Pederson: I, SALLY J. PEDERSON, DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF IOWA AND THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY AND IMPARTIALLY TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY DISCHARGE ALL THE DUTIES OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IN THE STATE OF IOWA AS NOW OR HEREAFTER REQUIRED BY LAW.

Lavorato: CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]

Borg: WITH HER HUSBAND, JIM AUTRY, BY HER SIDE, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE USING A BIBLE THAT WAS GIVEN TO HER BY HER PARENTS, GERALD AND WINEVA PEDERSON, ON THE OCCASION OF HER MARRIAGE TO MR. AUTRY. A STANDING OVATION NOW FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PEDERSON BEFORE SHE PRESENTS HER REMARKS TO THIS INAUGURAL GATHERING.

Kramer: IT IS MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO PRESENT TO YOU THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF IOWA, SALLY PEDERSON. [ APPLAUSE ]

Pederson: GOVERNOR VILSACK, GOVERNOR RAY, LT. GOVERNOR CORNING, CHIEF JUSTICE LAVORATO, MEMBERS OF THE COURT, DISTINGUISHED ELECTED OFFICIALS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND IOWANS EVERYWHERE, IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE. FOUR YEARS AGO, WHEN I FIRST HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, I THOUGHT I KNEW IOWA. AFTER ALL, I WAS BORN HERE, WENT TO SCHOOL HERE, LIVED HERE ALL MY LIFE. BOY, WAS I WRONG. DURING THE PAST FOUR YEARS, I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH GOVERNOR VILSACK ON ISSUES RANGING FROM WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH TO ENDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ABUSE. GOVERNOR, I HAVE APPRECIATED YOUR COMMITMENT TO MAKING ME A FULL PARTNER IN ALL THE DECISIONS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, IN WORD AND IN DEED. [ APPLAUSE ]

THIS JOB OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ALSO HAS GIVEN ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT IOWA AND IOWANS IN WAYS I NEVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED. ONE OF THE MOST SURPRISING EXPERIENCES IN THIS LEARNING PROCESS WAS MY WEEKLONG DISCOVER IOWA TOUR IN THE SPRING OF 2001. IN AN EFFORT TO PROMOTE MORE TOURISM BY IOWANS WITHIN IOWA, I VISITED THE ARTS, CULTURAL, AND HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS OF 36 COMMUNITIES IN EVERY CORNER OF OURSTATE. I DISCOVERED A VIBRANT ARTS AND CULTURAL SCENE OF WHICH I WAS ONLYVAGUELY AWARE, DESPITE ALL MY YEARS OF LIVING HERE. OUR ETHNIC HERITAGE IS CELEBRATED WITH THE FOODS AND CUSTOMS AND ARTS OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN, ENGLISH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, IRISH, DUTCH, NORWEGIAN, CZECH, FRENCH, DANISH, AFRICAN, ASIAN, PACIFIC ISLANDER, MEXICAN, BOSNIAN, AND SUDANESE. ALL HAVE BEEN NEWCOMERS IN THEIR TIME. EACH HAS ADDED RICHNESS AND TEXTURE TO OUR COMMUNITIES AND TO OUR STATE. ON THIS WONDERFUL TOUR OF THE WORLD WITHIN IOWA, I RELEARNED THE POWER OF THE ARTS TO TEACH AND INSPIRE US IN WAYS THAT NOTHING ELSE CAN. AND I REDISCOVERED THAT, DESPITE ALL THE DIFFERENCES IN OUR BACKGROUNDS AND TRADITIONS, THERE ARE COMMON VALUES THAT UNITE US. ONE OF THOSE IOWA VALUES IS OUR SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY; OF NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR; OF REACHING OUT TO THOSE IN NEED. FOUR YEARS AGO, IN MY INAUGURAL ADDRESS, I PLEDGED TO HONOR THAT SPIRIT BY VOLUNTEERING ONCE A WEEK SOMEWHERE IN IOWA. AND WEEK AFTER WEEK, WHETHER FOR AN HOUR OR AN AFTERNOON, THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF MY MOST REWARDING, INSPIRING, AND ENCOURAGING EXPERIENCES. I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH HUNDREDS OF IOWANS, YOUNG AND OLD, IN COMMUNITIES LARGE AND SMALL, AS WE HAVE TRIED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND MAKE IOWA A BETTER PLACE TO WORK AND LIVE. OF THE HUNDREDS OF PROJECTS ON WHICH I WORKED, SOME STAND OUT, LIKE THE SATURDAY SPENT CLEARING BRUSH IN THE LOESS HILLS NEAR COUNCIL BLUFFS, OR THE AFTERNOON LEADING A SING-A-LONG AT THE NURSING HOME IN AMES, OR HELPING BLIND STUDENTS WITH THE BAND SAW IN THE INDUSTRIAL ARTS CLASS AT THE IOWA BRAILLE AND SIGHT SAVING SCHOOL, OR SERVING A MEAL AT A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER IN RURAL IOWA, OR INTERVIEWING A YOUNG STUDENT LOOKING FOR A MATCH AT THE "BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER" PROGRAM IN SIOUX CITY. BUT PERHAPS THE EXPERIENCE THAT STANDS OUT MOST IN MY MIND IS THE DAY THAT I HELPED WITH A CRAFT PROJECT AT THE DAY CENTER FOR DEPENDENT ADULTS IN CEDAR FALLS. IN ONE OF THOSE MYSTERIOUS INCIDENTS THAT TOUCH US IN A SPECIAL WAY, I FOUND MYSELF FACE TO FACE WITH A WOMAN IN HER LATE THIRTIES OR EARLY FORTIES WHOM I HAD KNOWN WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF MY HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, AND SHE HAD A MENTAL DISABILITY. AS A TEENAGER GROWING UP IN VINTON, I WAS HER BABYSITTER. LIFE IS A CIRCLE, AND SOMEHOW, IN THAT MOMENT, I UNDERSTOOD HOW EVERYTHING ABOUT MY LIFE HAD PREPARED ME IN SOME SMALL WAY FOR MY CURRENT RESPONSIBILITIES. GOVERNOR VILSACK SAID IN HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS FOUR YEARS AGO: "IOWA IS GREAT BECAUSE IOWA IS GOOD." I HAVE SEEN THAT GOODNESS IN CITIZENS AND IN OUR SHARED EXPERIENCE OF HELPING OTHERS. IT HAS CONFIRMED MY BELIEF IN THE IMPORTANCE OF HONORING VOLUNTEERISM AND IN FOSTERING PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES BETTER AND STRONGER. THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO. WHILE WE KNOW THAT GOVERNMENT CAN DO A LOT, GOVERNMENT CANNOT DO IT ALONE. AND HERE IN IOWA, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO, BECAUSE ALL ACROSS OUR STATE, THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD BY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS. I HAVE MET HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOVED TO IOWA FROM OTHER STATES AND COUNTRIES OR WHO HAVE LEFT IOWA AT ONE TIME AND HAVE NOW RETURNED. AND WHEN I ASK THEM WHY THEY WANT TO LIVE IN IOWA, THEY ALL SAY SOMETHING THAT CAN BE BOILED DOWN TO THEWORDS "QUALITY OF LIFE." IT IS OUR GREAT SCHOOLS, OUR SAFE STREETS AND COMMUNITIES, OUR CARING NEIGHBORS, OUR GOOD HOSPITALS, AND OUR BEAUTIFUL LAND. IT IS THE 15-MINUTE RUSH HOUR OR THE EASE WITH WHICH YOU CAN GET TICKETS TO A BALL GAME OR THE SYMPHONY OR CAN PARTICIPATE IN A COMMUNITY CHORUS OR LITTLE THEATRE. THESE ARE THE THINGS NATIVE IOWANS OFTEN TAKE FOR GRANTED, BUT THAT OTHERS ENVY. ONE RECENT TRANSPLANT FROM THE BIG APPLE TOLD ME, "I LOVE IOWA. I'VE SEEN MORE BROADWAY SHOWS SINCE I MOVED HERE THAN I SAW IN ALL THE YEARS I LIVED IN NEW YORK." AS WE SEEK TO STRENGTHEN IOWA IN THE YEARS AHEAD, WE MUST PLACE A RENEWED FOCUS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BECAUSE A GOOD JOB WITH A FUTURE IS WHAT WILL DRAW AND KEEP PEOPLE HERE. BUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS ABOUT A LOT MORE THAN JUST ECONOMICS. IF WE ARE TO GROW, AND GROW WE MUST, WE NEED TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT ATTRACTIVE TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF DREAMERS, INVENTORS, AND DOERS. STUDY AFTER STUDY HAS SHOWN THAT GOOD SCHOOLS, GOOD HOUSING, SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS, AND AMENITIES FROM PARKS AND LIBRARIES TO CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS ARE EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN ECONOMIC FACTORS IN A COMPANY'S CHOICE OF WHERE TO LOCATE AND A FAMILY'S CHOICE OF WHERE TO LIVE. WE HAVE THAT SPECIAL QUALITY OF LIFE HERE IN IOWA. IT IS A UNIQUE INGREDIENT THAT CAN HELP US ATTRACT NEW BUSINESSES AND NEW RESIDENTS TO OUR STATE. AND WE MUST STRIVE TO ENSURE THAT OUR SPECIAL IOWA QUALITY OF LIFE IS AVAILABLE TO ALL OUR CITIZENS, NO MATTER THEIR BACKGROUNDS OR THE OBSTACLES THEY FACE IN LIFE. AMONG THE FAMILY OF IOWANS ARE RACIAL, ETHNIC, AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES, GAYS AND LESBIANS, PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, THE POOR, THE ABUSED AND NEGLECTED, AND THE PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY CHALLENGED. WE MUST CALL UPON THE VERY BEST OF OUR IOWA VALUES, OUR SENSE OF COMMUNITY, TO REMOVE THE BARRIERS THAT KEEP US FROM TAPPING OUR FULL POOL OF TALENTS AS WE SEEK TO REALIZE THE ECONOMIC AND HUMAN POTENTIAL OF OUR STATE. [ APPLAUSE ] IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS, LET US WORK TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO STEP OUT OF THE SHADOW OF POVERTY AND ABUSE AND OUT OF THE CLOSET OF SHAME AND FEAR; AN ENVIRONMENT THAT CLOSES THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP IN SCHOOLS AND THE WORKPLACE; THAT SUPPORTS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE MAINSTREAM OF COMMUNITY LIFE; THAT RESPECTS THE SPIRITUAL PRACTICES OF EVERY FAITH; THAT SHOWCASES THE BEST OF WHO WE ARE TO THE REST OF THE NATION AND THE WORLD. THIS IS WHAT WILL INSPIRE YOUNG IOWANS TO BUILD THEIR FUTURES HERE, AND THIS IS WHAT WILL ATTRACT NEW RESIDENTS TO OUR STATE. THIS IS THE PATH TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE, OFFERING HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY TO ALL OUR CITIZENS. THIS IS THE GOOD IOWA WE ARE -- [ APPLAUSE ]

THIS IS THE GOOD IOWA WE ARE AND THE EVEN GREATER IOWA WE CAN BE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

Borg: STANDING OVATION FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON AS SHE COMPLETES HER INAUGURAL ADDRESS. A QUICK KISS FROM HER HUSBAND FROM JIM AUTRY, HER HUSBAND, HIMSELF A PROMINENT IOWAN, JOURNALIST, PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE. NEXT, A MUSICAL SELECTION FROM THE GAY MEN'S CHORUS, ACCOMPANIED BY A 17-PIECE ORCHESTRA. THEY WILL BE SINGING "THE PROMISE OF LIVING" BY AARON COPELAND. \M\M [ CHOIR SINGING ] \M THE PROMISE OF LIVING \M \M SINGING CONTINUES \M \M\M\M [ APPLAUSE]

Borg: THE 80 VOICE GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF DES MOINES CONDUCTED BY RANDY BUIKEMA OF WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN DES MOINES. THEY'VE BEEN SINGING AS A GROUP FOR A LITTLE OVER A YEAR. THE GOVERNOR ATTENDED A PERFORMANCE BY THE GROUP IN JUNE OF 2002 AND REQUESTED THAT THEY SING AT THE INAUGURATION IF HE WAS REELECTED, AND HE WAS AND THEY ARE HERE.

Kramer: A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MEN OF THE CHORUS, THE PLAYERS OF THE ORCHESTRA, THEIR DIRECTOR RANDALL BUIKEMA, FOR THAT BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION OF AARON COPELAND'S MUSIC. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO AGAIN PRESENT THE HONORABLE LOUIS A. LAVORATO, THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF IOWA, WHO WILL ADMINISTER THE OATH OF OFFICE TO GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK. MRS. CHRISTIE VILSACK WILL ASSIST.

Lavorato: PLEASE RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND REPEAT AFTER ME.

Vilsack: I, THOMAS J. VILSACK, DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF IOWA AND THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY AND IMPARTIALLY TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY DISCHARGE ALL THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR IN THE STATE OF IOWA AS NOW OR HEREAFTER REQUIRED BY LAW.

Lavorato: CONGRATULATIONS, GOVERNOR.

Borg: THE BIBLE HE USED, THE SAME ONE HE USED FOUR YEARS AGO FOR HIS FIRST TERM IN OFFICE. THE BIBLE WAS GIVEN TO HIM BY HIS MOTHER. INCIDENTALLY, THE HAT THAT MRS. VILSACK CHRISTIE VILSACK IS WEARING -- WE'LL SEE HER AGAIN. THEN YOU'LL KNOW THE HAT CHRISTIE VILSACK IS WEARING IS A GIFT - A CHRISTMAS GIFT CUSTOM-MADE BY NICOLE LEBLANC OF THE FLEUR DE PARIS MILLINERY IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA.

Kramer: IT IS MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO PRESENT TO YOU THE HONORABLE TOM VILSACK, THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF IOWA, FOR HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS. [ APPLAUSE ]

Vilsack: THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME STARTOFF THIS SPEECH BY ADMITTING I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS THIS MORNING, AND I HOPE YOU CAN GET THROUGH THIS. MY FELLOW IOWANS, I CAME TO IOWA IN AUGUST OF 1970. IT WAS BECAUSE OF A GIRL. I WAS 19, IN COLLEGE, AND IN LOVE. THIS GIRL INVITED ME TO COME AND MEET HER FAMILY. I GOT IN MY CAR AND I DROVE FOR THIRTEEN HOURS. I CROSSED THE MISSISSIPPI AT BURLINGTON. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD EVER BEEN THIS FAR WEST. AND BEFORE I LEFT, I HAD FALLEN IN LOVE FOR THE SECOND TIME. THE FIRST TIME, OF COURSE, WAS WITH THE GIRL. THE SECOND TIME WAS WITH THE STATE -- YOUR STATE, MY STATE, OUR STATE. [ APPLAUSE ]

I WAS, NATURALLY, PREDISPOSED TO HAVE GOOD THOUGHTS ABOUT IOWA.

AFTER ALL, A STATE THAT PRODUCED AS SMART, AS PRETTY, AS WONDERFUL A GIRL AS CHRISTIE BELL HAD TO BE A SPECIAL PLACE. [ APPLAUSE ] BUT I WAS INSTANTLY TAKEN BY IOWA'S BEAUTY, BY HER PEOPLE, AND BY HER LAND. I STARTED TO NOTICE THE RIVERS, THE TREES, THE FIELDS, THE PRAIRIE FLOWERS. I NOTICED THE COLORS AND THOUGHT TO MYSELF, THE STATE IS AS PRETTY AS THE GIRL. ON MY FIRST EVENING IN IOWA 33 YEARS AGO, CHRISTIE AND HER FAMILY TOOK ME TO A POTLUCK SUPPER IN A CABIN ON THE BANKS OF THE SKUNK RIVER IN HENRY COUNTY. I SAW THERE TWO THINGS, REALLY MY FIRST TWO IMPRESSIONS OF IOWANS. I SAW A SENSE OF PRIDE, PRIDE IN THE QUALITY OF THE PIES AND THE CAKES AND THE CASSEROLES THAT FOLKS BROUGHT TO THE POTLUCK SUPPER. I ALSO SAW A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, A JOY OF BEING TOGETHER, WISDOM SHARED BETWEEN OLD AND YOUNG, A CARING ABOUT THOSE THINGS WORTH CARING ABOUT, A CONCERN ABOUT THOSE THINGS WORTH BEING CONCERNED ABOUT, BUT MOST OF ALL, A SIMPLE GRATITUDE FOR BEING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND ONE 19-YEAR-OLD STRANGER. THAT'S REALLY THE WRONG WORD, BECAUSE I NEVER FELT LIKE A STRANGER FROM THE MOMENT I CROSSED THE BRIDGE AT BURLINGTON. FOR ME, THAT BRIDGE SPANNED MORE THAN THE MISSISSIPPI. IT BROUGHT ME TO A NEW LIFE AS WELL AS A NEW LAND, ONE WHERE THE TERM "SMALL TOWN" WAS MORE THAN A PLACE TO LIVE.

I LEARNED THAT IT REPRESENTED A LIFESTYLE AND VALUES, VALUES WORTH PRESERVING. IOWA VALUES: HARD WORK, SELF-RELIANCE, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY. IT'S A LIFE, I'VE COME TO REALIZE, THAT IS BOUND TIGHTLY TO THE RICH LAND THAT GOD HANDED TO US AND TO THE STRONG VALUES THAT OUR ANCESTORS BRED IN US. FROM THE BEGINNING, IOWA'S SUCCESS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ROOTED IN ITS RICH SOIL AND NATURAL BOUNTY. THIS IS STILL TRUE TODAY AND IT WILL BE TOMORROW IF WE HAVE THE VISION TO SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THE FUTURE. YOU KNOW, A PARENT CAN GIVE A CHILD ONLY A FEW THINGS OF REAL WORTH: LOVE, VALUES, KNOWLEDGE, AND AN EDUCATION. AND THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT OUR ANCESTORS HAVE PASSED ON TO US: A GREAT CAPACITY TO LOVE THIS LAND AND THE PEOPLE ON IT; THE STRONG VALUES OF HARD WORK AND HONESTY AND SHARING; A KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAND AND OF OURSELVES; AND ONE OF THE BEST EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD. [ APPLAUSE ]

A SENSE OF PRIDE, AND A SENSE OF COMMUNITY. ALL OF THAT, WE HAVE IN ABUNDANCE. THOSE ARE THE STRENGTHS WE MUST BUILD ON: OUR VALUES, OUR LAND, OUR SCHOOLS, AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL, OUR PEOPLE. THOSE ARE THE RESOURCES WE MUST MARSHAL TO BUILD THE NEW IOWA. FOR, MY FELLOW IOWANS, WE MUST BUILD A NEW IOWA.

WE MUST BUILD A NEW IOWA THAT ENCOURAGES ENTREPRENEURSHIP FROM WITHIN AND DEVELOPMENT FROM AFAR. WE MUST BUILD A NEW IOWA THAT GUARANTEES THE BEST EDUCATION FOR ALL, FROM PRESCHOOL TO COLLEGE AND BEYOND. WE MUST BUILD A NEW IOWA THAT HAS THE RESOURCES AND THE WILL TO TAKE CARE OF THE NEEDY AND THE ILL, THE PHYSICALLY ILL AND THE MENTALLY ILL. [ APPLAUSE ]

WE MUST BUILD A NEW IOWA THAT HAS THE CARING AND COMMITMENT TO CARE FOR OUR NATURAL RESOURCES: OUR LAND, OUR AIR, AND OUR WATER. WE MUST BUILD A NEW IOWA SO RICH IN OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED AND SO VARIED IN RESOURCES TO ENJOY THAT OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS WILL WANT TO SETTLE HERE AND THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS FROM ELSEWHERE WILL WANT TO MOVE HERE, EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT PURSUING A PRETTY GIRL FROM MOUNT PLEASANT. BUT WISHING WON'T MAKE IT TRUE. WE MUST ACT AND WE MUST CHANGE. WHETHER OR NOT WE ACT, WE WILL SURELY CHANGE. BUT WITHOUT BOLD ACTION, THE CHANGE THAT COMES WILL BE THE CHANGE FOR THE WORSE. FOR IF WE DO NOT MANAGE CHANGE, CHANGE WILL SURELY MANAGE US. WE'VE ALREADY BEGUN TO ACT. THROUGH THE PARTNERSHIPS FORGED BY VISION IOWA, PARTNERSHIPS INVOLVING CITIES AND COUNTIES, SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE INTERESTS. THROUGH THOSE PARTNERSHIPS, WE HAVE COMMITTED UPWARDS OF $2 BILLION TO MAKE IOWA A BETTER PLACE FOR THOSE OF US LUCKY ENOUGH TO LIVE HERE AND A MORE ATTRACTIVE PLACE FOR THOSE SEEKING TO MOVE HERE. FROM THE SPECTACULAR NEW WATERFRONT IN DUBUQUE TO MUSIC MAN SQUARE IN MASON CITY TO THE CANALS AND WINDMILLS OF PELLA, WE ARE PUTTING IOWA ON THE TOURISM MAP, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MAP, AND THE LET'S JUST-HAVE-SOME-FUN MAP. [ APPLAUSE ]

WE ARE BUILDING TRAILS AND LIBRARIES AND SKATE PARKS AND COMMUNITY CENTERS, AS WELL AS THE WONDROUS NEW DOWNTOWN IN DES MOINES AND CEDAR RAPIDS, RIVERFRONTS IN DAVENPORT, SIOUX CITY, COUNCIL BLUFFS, WATERLOO, AND CLINTON, ALONG WITH DUBUQUE. THIS IS PART OF THE NEW IOWA, BUT IT IS JUST A START. IT SHOWS, THOUGH, WHAT WE CAN DO IN THIS GREAT STATE. IT SHOWS HOW WE CAN BUILD SPECTACULARLY ON OUR VALUES AND OUR RESOURCES TO PROVIDE GOOD JOBS AND CLEAN FUN. IT SHOWS WE CAN WORK TOGETHER, CITY WITH COUNTY, SCHOOL WITH TOWN, STATE WITH EVERYONE, TO LEVERAGE OUR DOLLARS AND OUR IDEAS AND OUR ENERGIES. AND IT SHOWS, MOST OF ALL, THAT GOOD IDEAS ARE ABUNDANT IN OUR WONDERFUL STATE AND THAT THERE ARE LEGIONS OF GOOD PEOPLE READY TO BRING THOSE IDEAS TO LIFE. IT SHOWS THAT DREAMS IN IOWA CAN COME TRUE. [ APPLAUSE ]

BUT THEY WILL COME TRUE ONLY IF WE ACCEPT CHANGE. NO, I SAY WE MUST DO MORE THAN ACCEPT CHANGE; WE MUST EMBRACE IT. EMBRACING CHANGE MEANS A NEW, FOCUSED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORT; CHANGING OUR ECONOMY FROM ONE OF LOW PRICED AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES AND LOWER PAYING JOBS TO ONE OF HIGH PRICED AGRICULTURAL INGREDIENTS THAT FEED AND FUEL AND HEAL; ONE THAT CREATES WEALTH THROUGH HIGHER PAYING JOBS HELD BY HIGHLY EDUCATED WORKERS. OUR STATE MUST ACT AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE, BUILDING ON THE LESSONS OF VISION IOWA AND CREATING A RESOURCE TO TRANSFORM OUR ECONOMY. THE STATE MUST REMOVE BARRIERS TO OUR PROGRESS BY SIMPLIFYING OUR INCOME TAX SYSTEM AND REFORMING OUR PROPERTY TAX SYSTEM. [ APPLAUSE ]

WE MUST EMBRACE - EMBRACE THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES WHILE REAFFIRMING THE OLD VALUES. WE MUST FIND WAYS TO IDENTIFY AND ENCOURAGE THE HENRY WALLACES AND THE JOHN VINCENT ATANASOFFS OF THIS GENERATION. IT IS NOT AN ACCIDENT THAT THE GREATEST AGRICULTURE SCIENTIST IN AMERICAN HISTORY, HENRY WALLACE, WAS AN IOWAN. IT'S NO ACCIDENT THAT THE GENIUS BEHIND THE MOST IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, JOHN VINCENT ATANASOFF, DID HIS WORK IN IOWA. THE ENVIRONMENT FOR THEM WAS HERE. BUT NOW WE MUST REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE THE ENTREPRENEUR, THE GENIUS, THE INVENTOR, AND THE INNOVATOR, BY PROVIDING THE RESOURCES AND THE ATMOSPHERE SO THAT THEY CAN PROSPER AND INNOVATE AND INVENT. EMBRACING CHANGE MEANS WE MUST CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE EDUCATION. OUR VALUES REQUIRE THAT WE REMAIN A LEADER IN EDUCATION. WE MUST COMMIT TO BETTER PREPARING OUR CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL BY SUPPORTING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. AND WE MUST ENCOURAGE MORE OF OUR CHILDREN TO ATTEND COLLEGE. IF THEY ARE TO EARN MORE, THEY MUST LEARN MORE. [ APPLAUSE ]

WE CANNOTJUST TINKER. WE MUST REINVENT. FOR EXAMPLE, EXPANDING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY BY GIVING STUDENTS ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSES, ENABLING SCHOOLS TO COMBINE COURSES TO WIDEN COURSE SELECTIONS FOR OUR CHILDREN, AND ENCOURAGING CONSOLIDATION WHERE IT IMPROVES EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY, THIS BECOMES AN IMPORTANT KEY TO DELIVERING CHANGE IN IOWA. BY DOING SO, WE CAN TELL THOSE LOOKING TO INVEST IN IOWA: PUT YOUR BUSINESS HERE; IT'S BEST FOR YOUR NEEDS. WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS. AS CLASS SIZES ARE FALLING, TEST SCORES ARE RISING. BUT WE NEED TO DO BETTER, AND WE WILL. [APPLAUSE]

THERE WILL BE RISKS. SOME IDEAS MAY BE DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT OR IMPLEMENT. IT WILL NOT BE EASY. BUT I ALREADY SENSE A GREAT AMOUNT OF COOPERATION BETWEEN THIS LEGISLATURE AND OUR ADMINISTRATION. WE, ALL OF US, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, ARE COMMITTED TO GETTING THIS JOB DONE. [ APPLAUSE ]

TO GET THE JOB DONE, WE MUST MANAGE THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN GOVERNMENTS AT ALL LEVELS AND BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND THE PRIVATE SECTORS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE CAN DO LITTLE ALONE. BUT IN IOWA, WE CAN DO ANYTHING TOGETHER. [APPLAUSE]

WE MUST TAKE RISKS AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A STATE. WE MUST NOT BE AFRAID TO LEAD AND NOT BE AFRAID TO FAIL. WE MUST BE DOGGED IN OUR PURSUITS, AS DOGGED AS ARABELLA MANSFIELD, AS DOGGED AS ALEXANDER CLARK. ARABELLA MANSFIELD WAS BORN IN BURLINGTON, WAS EDUCATED AT IOWA WESLEYAN IN MOUNT PLEASANT. SHE TAUGHT AT SIMPSON AND AT IOWA WESLEYAN. EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE NO WOMEN LAWYERS IN AMERICA, SHE STUDIED LAW IN AN OFFICE IN MOUNT PLEASANT AND THEN APPLIED FOR ADMISSION TO THE IOWA BAR IN 1869. AFTER READING HER PAPER, THE EXAMINERS SAID THAT HER PERFORMANCE GAVE "THE VERY VEST REBUKE POSSIBLE TO THE IMPUTATION THAT LADIES CANNOT QUALIFY FOR THE PRACTICE OF LAW." THEN THEY CERTIFIED HER AS THE FIRST WOMAN TO BE ADMITTED TO THE BAR IN ANY STATE IN THIS UNION. [APPLAUSE]

SHE TOOK RISKS AND SHE WROUGHT CHANGE, AND SO DID ALEXANDER CLARK JR. HE WAS A LOVING FATHER WHO THOUGHT HIS TWELVE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER SHOULD ATTEND HER NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL IN MUSCATINE. THE SCHOOL BOARD DIDN'T THINK SO. IT SAID IT HAD A SPECIAL SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN LIKE HER, A SEPARATE SCHOOL FOR "COLORED CHILDREN." THIS WAS IN 1868 AND MR. CLARK SUED ON BEHALF OF HIS DAUGHTER. AND OUR SUPREME COURT SAID OF COURSE THAT SUSAN CLARK COULD GO TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL. WHETHER WE ARE AFRICAN, GERMAN, IRISH, FRENCH, OR ENGLISH, IT SAID, WE ARE ONE HARMONIOUS PEOPLE AND WE ALL SHOULD BE TREATED ALIKE. [APPLAUSE]

HE TOOK RISKS AND HE WROUGHT CHANGE AND SO MUST WE. WE WERE THEN AND WE ARE TODAY ONE HARMONIOUS PEOPLE. IRISH ESCAPING THE FAMINES OF THE 1840S WERE AMONG THE FIRST PEOPLE TO SETTLE IN IOWA. AND THEY WERE QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY NORWEGIANS AND FRENCH AND SWEDES AND GERMANS. A LOOK AT THE NAMES OF OUR COUNTIES TELLS THE STORY. KOSSUTH WAS A HUNGARIAN PATRIOT. O'BRIEN WAS THE LEADER OF THE IRISH INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT. MARQUIS DE LA FAYETTE, FOR WHOM FAYETTE COUNTY WAS NAMED, WAS A FRENCH STATESMAN. FREDERICK BREMER WAS A SWEDISH AUTHOR. BARON FRIEDRICH VON HUMBOLDT WAS A GERMAN SCIENTIST. WE MUST CONTINUE TO BE ONE HARMONIOUS PEOPLE. WE MUST CONTINUE TO WELCOME ANYONE AND EVERYONE TO THIS STATE SO THAT THEY ENJOY THE BLESSINGS OF THE LIBERTIES WE PRIZE AND WE CAN GAIN FROM THE SKILLS AND PRODUCTIVITY THEY CAN PRODUCE. [APPLAUSE]

"THE LIBERTIES WE PRIZE"; THAT'S ONE HALF OF THE IOWA MOTTO. "OUR LIBERTIES WE PRIZE, OUR RIGHTS WE WILL MAINTAIN." WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT MOTTO, FOR THOSE LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS DEFINE OUR STATE EVERY BIT AS MUCH AS OUR FIELDS AND FACTORIES DO, AND WE HAVE FOUGHT DEAR TO PRESERVE THOSE FREEDOMS. WHEN ABRAHAM LINCOLN ASKED FOR TROOPS IN 1861, THEN IOWA GOVERNOR SAMUEL KIRKWOOD SAID WE WOULD SEND ONE REGIMENT. BUT WE HAD TENFOLD THE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS. WE ULTIMATELY SENT 48 REGIMENTS OF INFANTRY, 9 REGIMENTS OF CAVALRY, AND 4 BATTERIES OF ARTILLERY, MORE THAN 75,000 MEN, ABOUT 1/10 OF OUR ENTIRE STATE POPULATION. 13,000 OF THOSE MEN DIED, A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF LOSS THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE UNION, AND ANOTHER 8,800 WERE WOUNDED. BUT OUR LIBERTIES WERE SAVED AND OUR RIGHTS WERE MAINTAINED. THE WORLD HAS CHANGED MARKEDLY SINCE I STOOD BEFORE YOU FOUR YEARS AGO. THE NATIONAL ECONOMY IS WEAKER. LET US NOT FORGET THAT THE BUDGET PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN STATE GOVERNMENT MERELY REFLECT THE DAY-TO-DAY STRUGGLES OF PEOPLE FROM OUR STATE. WE LOST REVENUE BUT THEY LOST JOBS AND INCOMES. WE STRUGGLE WITH RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS, BUT THEY CAN'T FIND A DOCTOR. WE CUT AND SCRIMP TO PAY OUR BILLS, AND SO DO THEY. WE FACE NEW BATTLES: A WAR ON TERRORISM AT HOME AND SOON, PERHAPS, A WAR ON TERRORISTS ABROAD. ALREADY, IOWANS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO TERRORISTS. ALREADY, OUR NATIONAL GUARD, OF WHOM WE ARE EXTRAORDINARILY PROUD, HAS BEEN CALLED UP, AND WE ARE BRACING FOR THE WORST BUT HOPING, FOR THEM AND FOR US, FOR THE BEST. IT IS A DIFFICULT TIME, BUT IT IS DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES THAT OUR VALUES ARE TESTED. WE MUST BE EVER VIGILANT IN PROTECTING OUR LIBERTIES AS WELL AS OUR RIGHTS. WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THE TERRORISTS TO DESTROY OUR RIGHTS ANY MORE THAN WE ALLOW THEM TO DESTROY OUR LIBERTIES. [APPLAUSE]

IOWA'S CONSTITUTION IS AS PRECIOUS AS OUR IOWA SOIL, AND BOTH MUST BE TENDED AND CARED FOR. IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS, CHRISTIE AND I HAVE TRAVELED THIS STATE FROM CORNER TO CORNER, BORDER TO BORDER, RIVERTO RIVER, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO IN THE YEARS TO COME. WE'VE NEVER CEASED TO BE IMPRESSED BY THE LANDSCAPE AND AWED BY THE PEOPLE, THE YOUNG ANDTHE OLD. WE HAVE TALKED WITH FARMERS AND TEACHERS, DOCTORS AND TRUCK DRIVERS. AND AS OFTEN AS NOT, THEY ASK US: WHAT CAN WE DO; WHAT CAN WE DO FOR IOWA? I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT, AND THERE IS AN ANSWER. WE CAN SOFTEN OUR HEARTS AND BE OPEN TO IDEAS. IN THE LEGISLATURE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT WE SHOULD INCORPORATE FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS INTO AN EFFORT TO EXTEND HUMAN SERVICES. THERE ARE THOSE WHO FEEL EQUALLY STRONGLY THAT WE SHOULD EXTEND CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS TO GAYS AND LESBIANS. PERHAPS WE CAN FIND THE MIDDLE GROUND TO DO BOTH. [ APPLAUSE ]

BUT ALL OF US - ALL OF US CAN DREAM OF A BETTER IOWA. WE CAN ACT BY EMBRACING CHANGE FOR A BETTER IOWA. DREAM YOUR DREAMS, IOWANS. PLAN ON HOW TO TURN THEM INTO REALITY. THEN WORK TO DO IT. THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS FOR OUR STATE ARE THE MOST CRITICAL TWELVE MONTHS WE'VE FACED FOR AS LONG AS I'VE LIVED HERE: REFORMING THE TAX SYSTEM; REDESIGNING THE EDUCATION SYSTEM; REEXAMINING ISSUES INVOLVING HEALTH CARE; REWORKING THE WHOLE THEORY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THESE MUST ALL BE EXPLORED, AND THESE THINGS ARE ALL HUGE UNDERTAKINGS. BUT IF ALL OF US, FARMER AND FACTORY WORKER, TEACHER AND STUDENT, FIREFIGHTER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE, GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATOR, IF ALL OF US DREAM AND PLAN AND WORK, IF ALL OF US ARE WILLING TO TAKE BOLD STEPS, TO RISK FAILURE, TO BUILD ON OUR STRENGTHS, TO LOVE OUR PAST AND EMBRACE OUR FUTURE, IF WE'RE WILLING TO DO THAT, WE'LL HAVE A NEW IOWA WHERE ALL OF US THRIVE AND PROSPER, WHERE WE CAN HAVE JOBS AND HAVE FUN, WHERE WE CAN LEARN AND LEAD, AND WHERE CAN LIVE AND LOVE. [ APPLAUSE ]

BY SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITIES OF A NEW TRANSFORMED ECONOMY AND BY EMBRACING CHANGE, WE CAN PRESERVE AND MAINTAIN THE VALUES WE CHERISH FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THIS IS OUR CHALLENGE. THIS IS OUR CALLING, AND THIS SHALL BE OUR LEGACY. YOU DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO CROSS A BRIDGE IN BURLINGTON TO GET TO A NEW LAND. SOMETIMES, IF YOU DREAM AND PLAN AND WORK, YOU CAN MAKE THE NEW LAND COME TO YOU. GOD BLESS YOU, GOD BLESS OUR GREAT STATE, AND GOD BLESS OUR GREAT COUNTRY. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

Borg: PERHAPS THE LAST LINE OF THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH JUST EXEMPLIFIED THE TONE OF THAT ENTIRE SPEECH. IT WAS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT THE MECHANISMS OF STATE GOVERNMENT OR THE INTRICACIES OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. IT WAS MORE INSTILLING PRIDE IN IOWANS, CHARTING A VISION FOR THE FUTURE. WHAT YOU'D EXPECT IN AN INAUGURAL ADDRESS. THE GOVERNOR, IN THAT ADDRESS, MENTIONED THE MUSIC MAN MUSEUM IN MASON CITY. OF COURSE, THAT HONORS COMPOSER MEREDITH WILSON OF MASON CITY. THE NEXT PART IN THE PROGRAM HERE IS A SONG "IOWA" SUNG BY THE CAPITOL VIEW ELEMENTARY CHILDREN'S CHORUS OF DES MOINES THAT WAS COMPOSED BY MEREDITH WILSON. THIS SONG, "IOWA" WAS POPULAR BACK IN THE 1940S. [ \M CHILDREN SINGING "IOWA" \M ] [ APPLAUSE ]

Borg: CAPITOL VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM DES MOINES SINGING "IOWA," BY MEREDITH WILSON. THE BENEDICTION NOW IS GOING TO BE OFFERED BY LAURA BERKSON. SHE'S A SOLOIST AT TEMPLE B'NAI JESHURUN IN DES MOINES. SHE ALSO IS A CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSIC RECORDING ARTIST. LAURA BERKSON. SHE'LL BE INTRODUCED BY MARY KRAMER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE IOWA SENATE.

Kramer: BOYS AND GIRLS FROM THE CAPITOL VIEW ELEMENTARY CHILDREN'S CHORUS IN DES MOINES AND THEIR TEACHER, YOU WAITED A LONG TIME TO DELIVER US MEREDITH WILSON'S MESSAGE. IOWA IS INDEED A BEAUTIFUL NAME. [APPLAUSE]

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND WHILE WE EXPERIENCE A BENEDICTION OFFERED BY CANTOR LAURA BERKSON OF DES MOINES. WILL YOU STAND FOR THE BENEDICTION, PLEASE.

Berkson: EYN HACHAYYIM, SOURCE OF LIFE, LET US PRAY FOR BLESSINGS UPON GOVERNOR THOMAS VILSACK AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON. MAY THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM GUIDE THEM IN THEIR SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP OF OUR STATE. MAY COURAGE, PATIENCE, AND INSPIRATION BE THEIRS AS THEY EMBRACE OPPORTUNITIESAND FACE NEW CHALLENGES. EYN HASHALOM, SOURCE OF PEACE, MAY YOU BESTOW ABUNDANT BLESSING UPON THEM, UPON THEIR FAMILIES, AND UPON ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF IOWA, THIS DAY AND IN THE TIMES AHEAD. IN THE WORDS OF POET MARCIA FALK, MAY WE ALL BE GRANTED "BLESSINGS OF GOODNESS, JOY, PEACE, AND KINDNESS, FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE, CREATIVITY, STRENGTH, SERENITY, FULFILLING WORK AND DIGNITY, SATISFACTION, SUCCESS AND SUSTENANCE, HEALTH AND RADIANCE." MAY TRUTH AND JUSTICE GUIDE OUR ACTS AND COMPASSION TEMPER OUR LIVES, THAT WE MAY BLOSSOM AND BECOME OUR BEST SELVES. \M YI-VARE CHECHA \M HASHEM V'YISH-MERE-CHA \M YA-EIR HA-SHEM \M PANAV EY-LE-CHA V'CHUNEKA \M YI-SA HA-SHEM \M PA-NAV EYLE-CHA \M V'YA-SEIM L'CHA \M SHALOM \M \M MAY THE ONE OF BLESSING \M WATCH YOUR JOURNEY \M MAY THE ONE OF BLESSING \M GUIDE YOUR WAY \M MAY YOUR VISIONS \M GIVE YOU COURAGE \M MAY YOU GIVE \M YOUR VISIONS LIFE \M CARRY ON WITH \M A BLESSING OF PEACE \M\M CHAZAK, CHAZAK V'NITCHA-ZEYK LET US BE STRONG AND STRENGTHEN ONE ANOTHER, AND MAY WE GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH. AMEN. [APPLAUSE]

Kramer: AND LET THE PEOPLE SAY AMEN. THE SENATE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE SENATOR FROM WRIGHT, SENATOR IVERSON.

Iverson: THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. MADAM PRESIDENT, I MOVE THAT THE SENATE ADJOURN UNTIL TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 1 P.M.

Kramer: SENATORS, YOU HAVE HEARD THE MOTION OF THE SENATOR FROM WRIGHT. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE.

AYE.

Kramer: OPPOSED? AND THE MOTION PREVAILS. THE SENATE IS ADJOURNED UNTIL 1 P.M. TUESDAY. MR. SPEAKER?

Rants: THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM POWESHEIK, REPRESENTATIVE CARROLL.

Carroll: MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE JOINT CONVENTION BE DISSOLVED AND THAT HOUSE ADJOURN UNTIL TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 10:00 A.M.

Rants: YOU'VE ALL HEARD THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY "AYE."

AYE.

Rants: THOSE OPPOSED WILL SAY "NAY." THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE HOUSE IS ADJOURNED.

Borg: THAT WAS CHRISTOPHER RANTS, THE SPEAKER OF THE IOWA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AS HE SAID DISSOLVING, THAT'S THE OFFICIAL WORD.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS CONCLUDES THE 2003 SWEARING IN CEREMONY. AS A COURTESY TO OUR HONORED GUESTS, WE ASK THAT YOU REMAIN IN YOUR SEATS UNTIL ALL OF THE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS HAVE BEEN ESCORTED FROM THE STAGE. THANK YOU.

Borg: SO THAT DOES CONCLUDE THE OFFICIAL PART OF THIS CEREMONY. THERE ARE GOING TO BE RECESSIONALS NOW, AND PEOPLE WILL STAY SEATED AS THE HONORED GUESTS ARE ESCORTED FROM THE PODIUM. I WANT TO POINT OUT TO YOU SOME OF THE HONORED GUESTS WHO ARE STANDING, AMONG THEM SOME CHILDREN UP THERE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE PODIUM. THAT'S A GROUP OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS FROM THE DIKE - NEW HARTFORD FOURTH GRADE. THEY'RE JUST EXCITED OUT OF THEIR SKIN TO BE HERE AS GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK IS BEING ESCORTED, ALONG WITH CHRISTIE VILSACK, FROM THE DRAKE UNIVERSITY KNAPP CENTER HERE IN DES MOINES. I TOLD YOU ABOUT THAT GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM DIKE NEW HARTFORD. THEY'RE HERE. THEY GOT UP VERY EARLY THIS MORNING IN ORDER TO BE HERE, I THINK ABOUT 4 A.M. THEY WERE TELLING ME, MAYBE EVEN 3:30, TO BOARD A BUS. DIKE - NEW HARTFORD IS WEST OF WATERLOO.

THE REASON THEY'RE HERE IS BECAUSE ONE OF THEIR GROUP, NICOLE THOMPSON, A FOURTH GRADER IN THAT DIKE - NEW HARTFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WON A POSTER CONTEST. THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE, AS PART OF THIS INAUGURAL, CONDUCTED A STATEWIDE POSTER CONTEST AMONG SECOND, THIRD, AND FOURTH GRADERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DRAW A PHOTO ON WHAT THEY WANTED IOWA TO BE WHEN THEY GREW UP. EACH SCHOOL THEN HAD A CONTEST TO PICK THE BEST POSTER. THE BEST POSTER FROM EACH OF THE SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING WENT TO THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE, AND THE GOVERNOR'S STAFF AND THOSE INVOLVED IN JUDGING THAT POSTER, SELECTED NICOLE THOMPSON'S POSTER, A FOURTH GRADER FROM DIKE - NEW HARTFORD, AND SO SHE AND HER CLASSMATES ARE HERE SEATED IN THE BALCONY TODAY, JUST AS I SAID, EXCITED OUT OF THEIR SKIN TO BE A PART OF THIS.

THIS CONCLUDES OUR COVERAGE OF THE INAUGURAL OF GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK AND LT. GOVERNOR SALLY PEDERSON.


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