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Jerry Brown took the oath of office as California's 39th governor today.

See a round-up of statements on Brown's return to the governor's office after the jump. Check back for updates as responses from elected officials, interest groups and others roll in. Got a statement to submit? Send it to

Sen Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach

"In order to begin rebuilding California's treasury both political parties must work together to turn our economy around. If Jerry Brown can help repeal burdensome regulations that are pushing jobs out of state, as well as help roll back many of the taxes and fees that make it harder for Californians to make ends meet, we can begin putting California's fiscal house in order."

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer:

"Congratulations on your inauguration today after a remarkable election victory last fall. The authenticity, candor and intelligence you showed during the campaign will be tremendous assets as you tackle the serious challenges ahead. I look forward to working with you to move California forward."

Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael:

"Jerry Brown is the right person at the right time for California. I am confident that he will be far more effective than his predecessor. But our expectations also have to be realistic -- Jerry Brown is going to be a good Governor, not a magician. He can't solve our massive fiscal problems without difficult and potentially unpopular decisions. "

Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare:

"Governor Brown has returned to the state's top office at one of the most difficult times our state has faced. Assembly Republicans are ready to work in good faith with Governor Brown to close the budget deficit and get more Californians back to work. We are hopeful that Governor Brown will use his first 100 days in office to push for spending control and long term fiscal reform - instead of tax hikes to fund more of the same big government that led to this budget crisis."

Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown:

"I'm almost certain he will have no trouble at all. He's going to have more trouble with Democrats."

Kathleen Brown, Brown's sister:

"We're thrilled with Jerry's accomplishments and humbled by the task he has ahead."

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez:

"He sounded like a new school, committed Democratic governor who's committed to finding solutions for all of us."

Steve Glazer, Brown's campaign manager:

"It feels like the end of a good race, but we know there's another race tomorrow.

Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills

"Governor Brown gave Californians a glimpse of what we need to put this state back on track - leadership with vision and know how....Brown understands that we need to restructure our economy and our state government so that they work for the good of people. That means we must help put people back to work and make our government more responsive and cost-effective. This time of great challenges and sacrifice is an opportunity to transform California into an even better place. I look forward to working with him."

Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis

I applaud Governor Brown's call for real reform, including his plan to give more budget and decision-making authority to local governments. Bringing governance and finance authority closer to the people needs to be the centerpiece of any viable budget solution, both in the short and long term. The current system is broken and unsustainable. I look forward to working with our new Governor to enacting the major reforms California he has begun to discuss.


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