Peter Shumlin took the oath of office as Vermont's governor Thursday, but not before he was officially elected to the position in a joint session of the state Legislature.
The vote by lawmakers was required by Vermont's constitution because neither Shumlin nor his Republican opponent, former Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, received more than 50 percent of the vote in the Nov. 2 election, Burlington's Free Press
Vermont residents gave Shumlin 49.5 percent of the vote in November, while Dubie got 47.7 percent. Dubie conceded to Shumlin the day after the election.
In the legislature Thursday, Shumlin received 145 votes, compared to 28 votes for Dubie, according to CNN
Shumlin, a 54-year-old former state senator, replaces Republican Jim Douglas in the governor's mansion.
Dubie was replaced as lieutenant governor by Republican Phil Scott.