Colorado's new governor takes the oath of office on the west steps of the capitol. Bill Ritter will be Colorado's 41st Governor.
Bill Ritter has been a federal prosecutor, Denver's District Attorney, and a Catholic Missionary. Now he will add Governor to his resume.
And for the first time in 40 years, Democrats are in control and Bill Ritter holds the pen.
A family man, Ritter has been married to his wife Jeannie for 22 years and they have four children. When their oldest son was a toddler, the RItter's left the United States to spend three years in Africa as Catholic Missionaries.
Bill then returned home to continue his law career. Ritter served as Denver's District Attorney for six years.
But regardless of experience or ideas, republicans are concerned. Current Governor Bill Owens was known for stonewalling many Democrat-supported bills over the years.
With Ritter holding the veto pen, things could change. The legislature officially goes back to work Wednesday.