FRANKFORT, Ky. – Andy Beshear is the 63rd governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He and Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman were sworn in just after midnight Tuesday.
The public festivities began at 7:30 a.m. with the inaugural breakfast reception at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. That was followed by a non-demonimational worship service at the First Christian Church. The services featured music from the choirs of Bates Memorial Baptist Church and Kentucky State University.
At 10 a.m. the traditional inaugural parade began at the Old Governor’s Manion on High Street and rolled through the streets leading to the front of the Capitol. The Beshears were joined by former governor Steve Beshear and former first lady Jane Beshear in open horse-drawn carriages.
The parade had a bi-partisan feel as republican attorney general-elect Daniel Cameron participated riding in a Corvette, which of course are made in Bowling Green and democratic senator Morgan McGarvey rolled by in a set of classic wheels.
Following the parade various musicians from across the state performed for those on hand. The performers included the 202nd Army Band, the Harlan Boys Choir, the Northern PUlaski Middle School Honors Choir, and Louisville Eastern High School chamber singers.
The public swearing in of Beshear and Coleman took place at 2 p.m. Coleman was sworn in first with Justice Michelle Keller of the Kentucky Supreme Court administering the oath of office. Beshear was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.
Governor Beshear announced plans to sign executive orders Thursday to restore voting rights to more than 100,000 non-violent felons and Tuesday morning he reorganized the Kentucky Board of Education.
Each speaker during the inauguration ceremony emphasized a similary theme – change. The Beshear-Coleman administration plans to “change the tone” of the Governor’s office. You can read Beshear’s full inaugural address here.
After the swearing in, the State Capitol is hosting an open house so that all Kentuckians can tour the century-old capitol and look at the decorations in place for the balls taking place tonight.