Inauguration Day 2023

On Friday, January 20, 2023, Connecticut’s Kid Governor Ellie Mendez and her Cabinet were officially sworn into office on Inauguration Day! Connecticut 5th graders, teachers, and community members watched live online as 2022 Kid Governor Makhi Ettienne-Modeste delivered his Farewell Address and 2023 Kid Governor Ellie began her term with her oath of office and Inaugural Address.

The celebration included a formal inauguration ceremony, news conference with Kid Governor Ellie and her Cabinet, and an educational program with elected officials from the three branches of state government. Special guests included: Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas, Treasurer Erick Russell, Attorney General William Tong, Deputy Comptroller Tara Downes, Commissioner of Education Charlene Russell-Tucker, State Senator Marilyn Moore, State Representative Tony Scott, State Representative Kathy Kennedy, State Representative Steve Weir, Supreme Court Justice Steven Ecker, retired Supreme Court Justice Dennis Eveleigh, and State Troubadour Kala Farnham. The emcee of the event was NBC Connecticut’s Ted Koppy.

Inauguration Day 2023 Schedule

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Past Kid Governors Taking Their Oaths of Office