Republican Tim Pawlenty takes office, becoming the 38th governor of Minnesota.
Pawlenty would be sworn in at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, which differed from the usual ceremony that is performed in the Capitol rotunda, so Pawlenty's friends and family could attend.
The former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives would inherit a $4.5 billion deficit, which he would erase in the middle of his second term.
The short-term fix wouldn't hold however, as he left current governor Mark Dayton with a $5 billion deficit, the seventh-largest in the United States.
Pawlenty flirted with a presidential campaign, and many outlets still believe he has "eyes for the White House."