Gov. LePage undergoes back surgery

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Gov. Paul LePage delivers the State of the State address to the Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Maine's new legislature has been sworn in, but it was Maine's Chief Justice, and not the Governor, who administered the Oath of Office.

A spokesperson for Governor Paul LePage confirms that the governor had a scheduled back surgery, which we're told went well, and that meant that Chief Justice Leigh Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court administered the Oath of Office to the new legislature instead.

The governor did have a chance to travel to Washington, D.C. on Monday to pay his respects to late President George H.W. Bush, whom he considered a friend.

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