New Wyoming governor takes oath in state Capitol work zone

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Mark Gordon wore a yellow safety vest for his swearing-in Monday as Wyoming’s 33rd governor, which took place in a well-known yet unusual setting: The Wyoming State Capitol, which has been closed for major renovations for over three years.

Because of safety restrictions, only a small crowd of a few dozen relatives, state officials, construction personnel and an Associated Press pool reporter witnessed the 6 a.m. ceremony under the glare of construction lights.

“It’s the people’s house. I wanted to make sure we started with them,” the Republican Gordon said after being sworn in by Wyoming Chief Justice Michael Davis beneath a giant U.S. flag hanging from scaffolding a couple stories high in the building’s rotunda.

Wyoming’s other four statewide elected officials – State Treasurer Curt Meier, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow, State Auditor Kristi Racines and Secretary of

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