January 14, 2006
In Williamsburg today democrat Tim Kaine was sworn in as the 70th governor of Virginia.
In his inaugural speech Kaine pledged to keep Virginia moving forward, focusing on cooperation and collaboration.
"If you have a republican dominated legislature and you're a democratic governor, you've got to work together to be able to accomplish things. And he'll be able to do that," said Leigh Middleditch Jr., Co-Founder of the Sorensen Institute.
The Monticello High School band performed and another group of 15 future leaders from local high schools came to show their support for our new governor.
"The thing we've heard the most from Tim is that his #1 priority is education. And doing phone calls, there are all these statistics. $17.2 million I believe it was for Charlottesville and Albemarle schools in one budget cycle...so that has a real impact on my life," said Charlottesville High School student Brian Billings.
Tim Kaine has always been for education and he has put money forward for education and that directly affects my life said Charlottesville High School student Brian Billings.
Along with raising the bar for public education, Kaine vowed to find solutions for Virginia's transportation challenges and to continue the outstanding leadership of his predecessors.
"He comes on the heals of a great governor; I'm sure he will be a great governor as well," said Barbara J. Fried, Chairman of the Sorensen Institute.
This was the first time an inauguration was held in Williamsburg in more than 200 years.