"Just a few moments ago, I raised my right hand, humble in spirit and with hopefulness in my heart, to take oath of office," Rell said. "It is not a position I sought through the course of the normal electoral politics. But little has seemed normal over the past few months."
State Chief Justice William J. Sullivan administered the oath of office. Rell then delivered her inaugural speech after a 19-gun salute, WVIT-TV, West Hartford, reported.
"My first order of business as the 87th governor of Connecticut is to issue Executive Order No. 1, which imposes strict ethics restraints on those who serve in state government," Rell said. "It also creates a new public integrity officer in my cabinet -- a person who will report directly to me and who will work with enforcement agencies on matters involving corruption, unethical practices or alleged abuses of public authority."
Rell, 58, had been the state's lieutenant governor since 1995.