Inauguration day for Brewer, other Arizona elected officials

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was sworn in for her first full term in office today.

Several other winners in November's election -- all Republicans -- also were sworn in, including Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Treasurer Doug Ducey, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal and State Mine Inspector Joe Hart.

Brewer took her oath of office in a noon inauguration ceremony in front of the old Capitol.

The governor gave about a seven-minute speech outlining the steps the state has taken to deal with its budget crisis, as well as the fiscal issues we face in the coming year. More specific details will come when Brewer delivers her State of the State address for the opening of the 50th Legislature on Jan. 10.

Brewer became Arizona's 22nd governor in early 2009 when Democrat Janet Napolitano was chosen to be Homeland Security secretary. Before that, she was secretary of state. This will be Brewer's first full term as Arizona's governor.

Event organizers said they were limiting the festivities in an effort to control costs.

Rows of chairs, enough to accommodate about 2,500 people, were set up on the Capitol Plaza.

Several former governors, including Jane Hull, Fife Symington and Rose Mofford, attended the event.

An invitation-only reception will be held in Wesley Bolin Park after the ceremony. That's the only post-inauguration event planned.