Regional
2:32 pm
Sat January 1, 2011

Martinez Sworn-In As Governor

New Mexico – Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is warning of tough decisions ahead as she starts her administration facing a budget deficit and sour economy.

Martinez the state's first female governor sounded a bipartisan tone during her public inaugural ceremony on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

She pledged to work to improve New Mexico's public schools. Martinez said the state had "bred a culture of poor performance and low expectations" in schools.

More than a 1,000 people braved frigid temperatures to attend the inauguration. Martinez spoke for nearly 16 minutes. She was bundled up in a black wool overcoat and wore earmuffs and gloves.

In taking office, Martinez also becomes the nation's first female Hispanic governor. She succeeds two-term Democrat Bill Richardson.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.