Recall victors Bernie Herpin and George Rivera wait to be sworn in at the Capitol.
Bernie Herpin Swearing-In Remarks
Thank you Madam President, Mr. Chief Justice, fellow Senators, honorable Representatives, distinguished guests, friends, and family: thank you for being here this morning to share in this historic and humbling occasion.
A special thank you to my wife, Linda, who has stood by my side all these years. Also thank you to my fellow veterans and all our men and women serving in our armed forces for protecting the freedoms we enjoy, including the right to elect those who represent us at all levels of government.
We are witnessing today the peaceful transfer of responsibility from one elected official to another – a freedom that many people, who live under dictatorships, have never known.
I cannot begin to tell you how honored I am to be standing here. Never would I have imagined that one day I would have the opportunity to serve in this great chamber where the history of Colorado has been, and continues to be, written.
I look forward to serving as we work to help our fellow Coloradans recover from devastating fires and floods, to restore our citizens’ rights, to increase jobs and to protect all our citizens, especially our most vulnerable – our children. By enacting Jessica’s Law, we will send a loud and clear message that we will not tolerate those who hurt our children.
I realize I have much to learn and pledge that I will work hard, serve with honor, and never forget the lesson of this summer that this is truly a government of the people, by the people, and for the people and that we serve at the pleasure of those we represent.
I pray that our heavenly father will give all of us the strength of Sampson, the wisdom of Solomon, and the compassion of Jesus as we go about doing the people’s work. Thank you and may God Bless Colorado!
Bernie and George are sworn in by the Chief Justice
The new senators get a standing ovation
Bernie addresses the standing-room only crowd
Bernie & Linda take pictures with family & the Chief Justice
The entire Herpin Family in attendance