Jerry Brown takes a second turn as California governor

Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2011 

SACRAMENTO — Jerry Brown, returning to the governor's office after 28 years, said in his inaugural address this morning that California's pioneering spirit will help the state overcome its awful financial condition.

"The people of California have not lost their pioneering spirit or their capacity to meet life's challenges," the 72-year-old former governor said.

Brown, last governor from 1975 to 1983, said he tried to imagine the difficulties his great grandfather August Schuckman faced when he left Germany for America, and eventually Missouri for Sacramento, traveling across the plains.

"It is not just my family, but every Californian is heir to some form of powerful tradition, some history of overcoming challenges much more daunting that the ones we face today," he said.

The Democrat was sworn in as California's 39th governor by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, his left hand on a Bible that belonged to First Lady Anne Gust Brown's grandfather and that they used in their wedding.

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