January 15, 2013
My new job as Governor started yesterday, and even today it is hard to find the words to express how excited I am to join you in working for the people of Indiana.
The State of Indiana is the best state in the nation. I might be little biased in my perspective, but great states don’t just pop up overnight. Great states are made by people like you who understand that working in state government is an integral and honorable way to provide essential services and opportunities to fellow Hoosiers. Your efforts, actions, ideas and integrity are what make state government effective.
Everyone on our state team shares the responsibility for making the Roadmap for Indiana—our vision for a great future—a reality. I know each of us has the ability to take our state from good to great. After all, we’re Hoosiers. We don’t accept less than the best. If we see anyone falter, we will do what we can to help them find their footing.
We will put our plans into action to help all Hoosiers, and we will do it as a team. Together we will work hard, perform our jobs with highest integrity, and we will make a difference.
How a person views Indiana probably has something to do with where they are. From where I stand, I see people who believe in what they do, work hard and love their kids. I see folks who keep going day after day so they can strive to conquer inevitable challenges and then celebrate and honor life’s successes with the kind of spirit, joy and faith that come from living in Indiana.
Our team is spread out among Indiana’s beautiful 92 counties. Whether your family is full of Hoosier history or whether you are new to our state, we value your service, we appreciate your efforts and we are glad you are on our team.
I look forward to working with each of you.
Governor of Indiana