January 11, 2014
It was a day of celebration in Richmond as thousands gathered for the inauguration of Virginia's new Governor Terry McAuliffe.
The ceremony brought many politicians out including Governor Bob McDonnell, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and former President Bill Clinton. McAuliffe was a former fundraiser for the Clintons.
Attorney General Mark Herring was first to be sworn in followed by Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam.
As Gov. Elect Terry McAuliffe raised his right hand, he became the 72nd Governor of Virginia.
Despite a wet start, as soon as Gov. Terry McAuliffe stood up to speak, the rain stopped and he began to speak on the future of the Commonwealth.
“As we begin this new term together, know that my top priority will be to lay the groundwork for a diverse and growing economy in every single region of the Commonwealth,” says Gov. McAuliffe (D).
He also spoke about equal opportunities for everyone.
“An open and welcoming state is critical in a 21st century economy.”
After his speech the celebration continued with a parade, which included the Charlottesville High School marching band. They were one of 10 bands chosen to participate.
The crowd was excited to hear words from their new governor and they are waiting to see how the next four years turn out with three new democrats in the capitol.
This is the first time in 24 years that Democrats have held the top statewide offices in Virginia.