Governor-elect Janet Mills issued the following statement on Wednesday’s swearing in of Maine’s 129th Legislature:

“I am pleased to congratulate the members of the 129th Legislature. The people of Maine have entrusted us with a solemn responsibility, and it is now incumbent upon us to rise to the occasion and to govern responsibly with an eye toward the future. From health care, to the economy, to education, to the opioid crisis, and much more, the issues we will confront over the next two years are serious and substantial. But I believe that by working together in good faith we can lead Maine in a new, better direction that creates opportunity for all Maine people, and I look forward to that.”