Crist Becomes Florida's New Governor

1/2/07 - Charlie Crist is Florida's 44th governor, replacing fellow Republican Gov. Jeb Bush.

Crist took his oath of office today on the steps of Florida's Old Capitol. He has promised to work across party lines to help solve the state's homeowners’ insurance crisis, lower property taxes and improve schools.

Crist, who was the state's attorney general, defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Davis in a year that was otherwise tough for Republicans. He repeatedly said he wanted to be the “people's governor.”

The ceremony officially closes Bush's eight years in office which were marked by repeated hurricanes and sweeping education changes. He couldn't run again because of term limits.

Also sworn in were members of the state Cabinet: Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Bronson, Attorney General Bill McCollum, and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.