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Gov. Whitmer to attend in-person inauguration for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

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Posted at 1:56 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 13:56:38-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will attend the in-person inauguration for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Wednesday morning.

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Whitmer, who is a co-chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, was also nominated to serve as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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“The country is ready for a leader who listens to medical experts to lead our country’s COVID-19 response and works on behalf of hardworking Americans,” Whitmer said in a release. “I am honored to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and ready to begin working closely with each of them to fight this virus, save lives, and put the country back on track.”

Though, the inaugural committee hasn’t yet set an exact time when Biden and Harris will be sworn in, the ceremony is expected to start at about 11:30 a.m. ET on the west front of the U.S. Capitol building.

Shortly before noon, Harris is set to be sworn in first by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Then at about 12 p.m. ET, Biden will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts.

After they take their oaths of office, Biden will deliver his inaugural address. The inaugural committee says he will lay out his vision to defeat the pandemic, “build back better,” and unify and heal the nation.