OLYMPIA, Wash. - Jay Inslee is now the 23rd governor of Washington state.
Inslee took the helm of the state on Wednesday just days after the start of the 105-day legislative session. He succeeds Gov. Chris Gregoire, who gave her final "state of the state" speech on Tuesday. Inslee will deliver his inaugural speech Wednesday.
He takes office facing a nearly $1 billion deficit for the next two-year budget, not counting money needed to satisfy a court requirement on education funding.
Inslee has said taxes are off the table and that he plans to focus on making government more efficient to get more results out of the resources that the state currently has.