Rounds, Janklow to be sworn in

Rounds, Janklow to be sworn in South Dakota will get a new governor and a new congressman at the same time. Gov.-elect Mike Rounds will take the oath of office to become governor at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 � the same time Congressman-elect Bill Janklow will take his oath of office in Washington, D.C.

Rounds will take the oath of office in a small private ceremony at the State Capitol in Pierre.

Will Rounds will officially become governor four days before the planned inaugural, all of the inaugural events scheduled for Jan. 11, will take place as planned. Those events include the oath of office ceremonies for the governor-elect, lieutenant governor-elect and other elected officials scheduled for noon in the Capitol Rotunda.

Janklow said that having the two men take their offices simultaneously "will eliminate any gap in service to the people of South Dakota and, at the same time, I will be able to assume my new duties at the U.S. Representative from South Dakota."

Earlier this week, Janklow sent a letter to Rounds requesting that Rounds become governor at that same time because Janklow could not hold both offices at the same time.

As part of the transition of offices, Janklow said in his letter that he would file a letter of resignation effective 12 p.m. Jan. 7.

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