He took the oath of office Monday in the Kansas House chamber. Among the guests were Sen. Pat Roberts, former Atty. General and Senator John Ashcroft, and members of the Kansas Congressional delegation
Among the lawmakers taking their oaths on the first day of the legislature were Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Secretary of State Kris Kobach. This is the first time Republicans have controlled all of the state's top offices at one time since 1964.
Before beginning his speech, Brownback thanked now-former Governor Mark Parkinson on his leadership over the past year and a half.
Brownback promised to focus on what he called the basics and says he wants Kansas to be known as a "state of Hope." He acknowledged the state faces difficult financial times during a brief inaugural address that followed his swearing-in Monday.
Brownback said families and the state's social fabric are fraying against what he called the crassness of modernity. But, he said, Kansas has overcome worse. He said he wants Kansas to lead the nation in a rejuvenation of optimism.
The ceremony was forced by a winter storm that dumped several inches of snow overnight.
The 54-year-old Republican gave up a seat in the U.S. Senate to become the state's 46th governor. He served as Kansas agriculture secretary before running successfully for Congress in 1994, and he won his Senate seat two years later. He's had strong ties to abortion and gay marriage opponents, but he stressed economic issues in his bid for governor.
He and the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature must close a projected $550 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Brownback's first 'State of the State' Address will be Wednesday evening at 6:30. You can watch it live here on KWCH.com.
*The Associated Press contributed to this report.