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D.C.'s Sixth Elected Mayor Sworn In



    Tom Sherwood reports on Vincent Gray's swearing in ceremony for mayor of the District of Columbia. (Published Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011)

    It's official.

    Vincent Gray took the oath of office at the Washington Convention Center to become the District's new chief executive.

    Gray was sworn in at 11:57 a.m. Sunday.  His staff tweeted his remarks throughout the ceremony. 

    "Today we begin a new chapter," he told the assembled crowd.  "A chapter not written by a single author, but with the pens of 600,000 residents."

    Gray defeated incumbent mayor Adrian Fenty to take the office.  The two men embraced on stage during the ceremony.

    During the swearing-in ceremony, Gray also sounded an ambitious note on District voting rights.

    "We cannot rest," he said, "until we achieve true self-determination and become our nation's 51st state."