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DeWine Emphasizes Public Service While Addressing Cabinet

Karen Kasler
Gov. MGov. Mike DeWine poses with his appointed cabinet members.

More than two dozen nominated state agency directors gathered for Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's first cabinet meeting, where DeWine emphasized a mentality of public service.

The appointed department heads took a group photo and posed with the governor for individual swearing-in pictures. DeWine then held his first cabinet meeting to lay out his vision.

“Cabinet members should have the attitude that we’re the servant of the people. We need to understand that they are constituents (and) we’re gonna talk about being responsive to the public,” says DeWine.

The first cabinet meeting included Lt. Gov. Jon Husted discussing the first steps for InnovateOhio, which will work on escalating the use of technology within each department.

DeWine has assembled a diverse cabinet, with a majority of departments being led by women and a handful of appointees being people of color. 

The cabinet directors need approval by the Ohio Senate to make their appointments official. The Senate plans to begin holding committee hearings on those appointments this month.