Utah politicos weigh-in on inauguration


As you might imagine, many of Utah’s politicos have congratulated the Biden/Harris administration on their inauguration. Here are some of their comments:

Governor Spencer Cox said “Today we celebrate a cherished cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transition of power. Over the past four years, President Trump listened to Utah and we thank him for his service. As President Biden takes office, we look forward to working with him in advancing the vital interests of Utahns.”

Senator Mitt Romney: Today’s Inauguration Day occurs at a difficult time for our nation. I pray that President Biden will call upon our better angels, uniting the nation at a time of division. Despite the differences Americans may have on matters of policy, we share the common goal of ensuring that America continues to be a beacon of hope and freedom for all.” Following the swearing-in, Senator Romney released this statement: “President Biden’s speech was very strong and very much needed. We as a nation can come together if we are told the truth and if we have leaders who stand for enduring American principles. It is my hope that the president will call upon our better angels to bring us together, and that we as a people will rise to the occasion as well.”

Senator Mike Lee said: “It was an honor to witness President Biden swear to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States today. We may not agree on everything, but I know we share common ground on some key issues like criminal justice reform and tax relief for working families. I hope we can turn these agreements into real bipartisan legislative success.”

Rep. John Curtis:Although I may have philosophical differences with the President, I have tremendous respect for the Office. My attendance should stand as my commitment to wake up every morning and look in the mirror as I ask myself if I’m an agent for hate and darkness or for love & light.”

Rep. Blake Moore: “Congratulations to President Joe Biden & Vice President Kamala Harris! It was an honor to witness the inauguration today and support a peaceful transfer of power. I look forward to working with this administration to reach America’s common goals.”

Rep. Chris Stewart tweeted on Tuesday: “I wish the new Administration well as they begin their service to our great nation tomorrow afternoon.” On Wednesday, he had an op-ed published saying, in part, “We can safeguard our nation by taking responsibility for what is broken and working to listen in good faith.” 

Rep. Burgess Owens: “I’m honored to attend the 59th Presidential Inauguration and join the country in celebrating a peaceful transition of power that has served as a cornerstone of American democracy for over 200 years. God bless the soldiers, airmen, and law enforcement officials standing guard to ensure the safety of today’s events. Thank you for your service to our nation.

Former Governor Gary Herbert: “Congratulations to Joseph R. Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States. His desire to unite the nation is a goal that we can all share. Unity will only be possible as we show mutual respect for each other as Americans in spite of our differences and by treating each other with civility. With this new beginning, we should all do our part to accomplish the goal of truly being the United States of America.”

Utah Speaker Brad Wilson: “The peaceful transition of power that occurs each Inauguration Day is an enduring testament to our national ideal of a government of the people, by the people, for the people. I join all Americans in wishing President Biden and Vice President Harris success in fulfilling the solemn oath they took today.”

Former Senator Orrin Hatch released a statement saying: “I wanted to send my sincere congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Having had the opportunity to serve with both of them in the Senate, I saw up close the love they have for our country and the American people. I am confident that the President will serve our nation now just as he has served it over many decades in elected office—with drive, dedication, and a heart full of optimism. His success will be America’s success, which is why I wish him the very best.”