- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wasn’t the only state official sworn in Monday. Five other Illinois statewide officers - a mix of rookies and veterans, Republicans and Democrats - took the oath of office, including an appointment to fill the vacancy of late comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Here’s a look at them:

COMPTROLLER

Leslie Munger, 57, was sworn in for her first term as comptroller. Rauner last week named her to replace Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who died after winning a second term in November.

The Lincolnshire businesswoman told those at the inaugural ceremony that she was inspired by Topinka’s model of “servant leadership.” She said she was “grateful and excited for the chance to address the most pressing issues of our state.”

“We do have an opportunity to govern in her spirit,” Munger said of Topinka. “We can raise the bar of fiscal responsibility and find less expensive ways to get the job done.”

A special election will be held in 2016 to fill the comptroller position.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Evelyn Sanguinetti, 44, was sworn in as Rauner’s lieutenant governor. A former Wheaton City councilwoman, she is the first Hispanic to hold the state office.

Sanguinetti focused on new beginnings in her inaugural speech, parts of which she delivered in English and other parts in Spanish.

“We are all gathered here because we have chosen a new beginning,” she said, calling for “a more prosperous future, one filled with new opportunity, positive change and the best Illinois can be.”

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Lisa Madigan, 48, pledged to keep fighting to “speak for people who have no voice.”

The Chicago Democrat has held the position since 2003, and has made consumer protection, foreclosure issues and open government the hallmarks of her tenure.

“I promise you it is with humility, purpose and enthusiasm that I embark on my fourth term,” she said. “It’s so important that those of us in elected office remain guided by and grounded in our one true mission.”

SECRETARY OF STATE

Jesse White, 80, was sworn in for his fifth term. He is the longest-serving secretary of state in Illinois history.

White said he has worked to restore integrity to the office and has made it more efficient and customer friendly. He also reiterated that he’ll focus on making the state’s roads safer, noting a reduction in traffic deaths after the laws against driving while intoxicated were strengthened.

“Nationally, the leading cause of death for teens is traffic crashes,” White said, as he announced plans to reconvene a traffic safety task force to further inspect road safety initiatives.

TREASURER

Michael Frerichs, 41, was declared the victor of a close race for treasurer two weeks after the Nov. 4 election, besting former House Republican leader Tom Cross by about 9,600 votes.

The Champaign Democrat, a state senator from 2007 to 2014, replaces Republican Dan Rutherford, who made an unsuccessful primary bid for governor last spring.

Frerichs, a former Champaign County auditor, said his past financial experience will help to improve the office.

“The state’s portfolio should be used as a tool to attract private investment and to spur job growth,” Frerichs said. “The treasurer’s office can create greater opportunity for job creation and economic development.”

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