AUGUSTA – Today, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were officially sworn in as the 46th President and the 49th Vice President of the United States. Upon being sworn into office, Vice President Harris became the first woman in our nation’s history to serve in this role.
Senate President Troy Jackson of Allagash released the following statement congratulating President Biden and Vice President Harris as they take office:
“Both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris begin their first term in office at a time when millions of Americans and their families are experiencing extraordinary pain, whether they’re mourning the loss of a loved one, struggling to make ends meeting after COVID-19 claimed their job or business, or trying to move forward as this pandemic takes a toll on their mental health and well-being. Guiding Americans through this tumultuous period won’t be easy, however, I’m confident that our newly sworn-in leaders have what it takes to bring our nation together as we pick up the pieces and rebuild our lives.
“President Biden knows what it means to experience the debilitating loss that people are facing all across this country. Both he and Vice President Harris know intimately the challenges working families experience daily after watching their parents find creative ways to scrape by whether it was in Scranton, Pennsylvania, or Oakland, California. Vice President Harris grew up watching her single mother do everything in her power to ensure her daughters could go on to break barriers. And they did, every step of the way. She understands the inequity and discrimination that exist in this country because she’s witnessed it firsthand. Now, she makes history as the first Black American, South Asian American, and first woman in our nation’s history to serve as Vice President of the United States, a feat that is both well-deserved and long overdue.
“I know I won’t agree with every decision that President Biden or Vice President Harris make, but I know our country is in good hands with two people who know what the American experience is like – the good and the bad – for a majority of people and not just those at the top. I wish them the best of luck as they begin their term and look forward to working in tandem as we move towards health and economic recovery.”