2013 State of the State Address

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Governor Jack Markell’s first State of the State address of his second term reinforced themes in his 2013 Inaugural Address: we must not choose what is easiest for today, but focus on creating a better world for our children tomorrow. In his speech in the Senate Chamber, Markell offered new proposals that would create a nurturing environment for employers to start and grow their business, strengthen Delaware’s schools and continue to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans.

“Our obligation to our children is to prepare the way for their world – a Delaware better than anything that came before it,” Governor Markell said. “If we are as good as the people we serve and lead, we will make wise choices today that will benefit generations of Delawareans for years to come.”

- 2013 State of the State Address Text: “Leading In The World We Now Live In"
- 2013 State of the State Press Release: Governor Markell Delivers First State of the State in Second Term


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Governor Jack Markell and Lt. Govenor Matt Denn both spoke of an obligation to future generations as they took their oaths, delivered their inaugural addresses and officially began their second terms today. They were joined by their families, members of the General Assembly, former Governors and Lieutenant Governors, elected officials and community members for a inaugural ceremony at Central Middle School in Dover.

During his remarks, the Governor highlighted accomplishments from his first term in office, including closing the largest budget deficit in Delaware’s history; winning the federal Race to the Top grant money for education; supporting job growth for both existing and new companies; and modernizing the state’s energy infrastructure.

- 2013 Inauguration Address Text: "Our Generation's Turn"

For the Press

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With the support of legislators and law enforcement agencies statewide, Governor Jack Markell, Lt. Governor Matt Denn and Attorney General Beau Biden joined together to unveil a series of gun safety proposals to keep guns out of the hands of persons who should not possess them and make our communities safer.

Joined by Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Lew Schiliro, and surrounded by members of the General Assembly, police officers, members of the faith-based community, and other advocates, the Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General announced that they intend to introduce five proposals to address gun safety issues in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Today's announcement coincided with the one-month anniversary of the tragedy in which 26 people (including 20 children) lost their lives in the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

- 2013 Responsible Gun Safety Legislation Press Release: "Governor Markel, Lt. Gov. Matt Denn , AG Beau Biden Join Forces to Unveil Responsible Gun Safety Legislation"

Last Updated: Monday, 05-Aug-2013 15:27:57 EDT
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