Cavalier Johnson sworn in as new mayor of Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Cavalier Johnson was sworn in as the 45th mayor of Milwaukee at the Harley Davidson Museum Wednesday morning, April 13.

Johnson is the city's first elected African American mayor.

"It's a generational change in leadership," Johnson said. "It presents us an opportunity to give hope to so many people in Milwaukee."

The room overflowed with supporters hopeful to witness history as Johnson took the oath of office.

"I haven't been this excited since I was inaugurated," Governor Tony Evers said. 

Johnson was joined by his wife and three kids. 

Leaders celebrated "the son of the city" for his dedication to his hometown. 

"Milwaukee is so very proud to have elected someone who, like a phoenix, rose from the ashes of 53206," Congresswoman Gwen Moore said. 

Johnson previously served as an alderman and Common Council president.

Some said he was destined to become mayor.

"I need you to be Batman for the city of Milwaukee," Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley said.

Johnson made many promises on his first official day in office. One of those promises is to be a mayor for the people.

"I'm not a micromanager, but I am, however, a listener, a planner and a champion for positive change," Johnson said.

Change he said one man can't accomplish alone.

"To understand that when we all work together, when we have partnerships, we can do good things for the city, for the region and for the state," Johnson said. 

Johnson said his first task in office will be to build on his relationships with state leaders in Madison. 

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