Pence Sworn in as New Indiana Governor

Gov. Mike Pence called upon all residents to improve themselves and help better the state

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    Mike Pence, left, is sworn in as Indiana's 50th governor by Chief Justin Brent E. Dickson, right, as his wife Karen, right center, and his family looks on during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

    New Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is calling upon all residents to improve themselves and help better the state.

    Pence used his inaugural address Monday morning to say all Hoosiers have a role to play and "a torch to light."

    Pence credited outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels for leaving the state in good condition. But he said state government must remain bold because many families and businesses are struggling to get by.

    The former Republican congressman says he also wants to give parents more choices in the education of their children and seek to strengthen institutions that nurture the family.

    He said he wants Indiana to "become a torch of opportunity and hope" that inspires the nation.

    Pence has ties to Chicago. His grandfather, after whom he's named, was a Chicago bus driver who came to the United State from Ireland.

    Daniels officially begins his new job Tuesday as the president of Purdue University.