Capping a 30-year political career, Democrat Cecil Andrus became the first four-term governor in Idaho history Monday with a vow not to be a lame duck in his final four years as chief executive.
Andrus and other state officials - including the nation's first Indian elected to a state constitutional office - were sworn in during ceremonies on the south portico of the state Capitol in Boise."Anybody that knows me knows that this is not going to be a caretaker type of administration," the governor said of what he earlier pledged would be his last term. "We've got a very aggressive agenda."
Andrus, 59, an Oregon native first elected to the state Senate from Orofino at 29, swept to an unprecedented fourth term in the governor's office Nov. 6 with a 116,736-vote victory over GOP challenger Roger Fairchild.
The former U.S. Department of Interior secretary during the Carter administration delivered an inaugural message to climax Statehouse ceremonies, which included members of the 1991 session of the Idaho Legislature and the Idaho National Guard's 25th Army Band.
Since being re-elected, Andrus has made it clear that priorities for his last term will be similar to those over the past four years. They include improving Idaho's public schools and higher-education system and protecting the health and safety of the state's children.
"We have made great strides," he told a taxpayers group recently. "But we have more to do, and I will continue to keep those issues before the Legislature."