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Gov. Abbott And LT. Governor Dan Patrick Sworn In For Second Time In Office

January 15, 2019 - 5:24 pm

By Chris Fox

DALLAS (KRLD) - A couple thousand people braved cool temperatures and a threat of rain at the State Capitol to help celebrate the inauguration of Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

A 19-gun salute and an Air National Guard flyover punctuated Governor Abbott’s second inauguration.

Abbott was sworn in by Nathan L. Hecht, the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

In his inaugural speech, Abbott spoke of being blessed to embark on his latest mission. “We gather today for far more than just an inauguration. Today is the dawn of a transformative session that will usher in a new era. A new era for children, teachers, and taxpayers.”

As if a preview to his upcoming State of the State Address, Abbott talked about his top priorities for the state this legislative session. “We can do more to educate the next generation and keep them safe at school. More to advance our universities to meet the changes sweeping the 21st century. More to rein in the property tax burden on our citizens. More to help our coastal region become resilient to catastrophic storms. More to crack down on human trafficking and the dangerous gangs promoting it.”

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick was sworn in by Judge Don R. Willett, formerly of the Texas Supreme Court now of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In his inaugural address, Patrick spoke of the importance of working together in a bipartisan fashion. “The people of Texas didn't elect us to be silent on things that matter. They elected us to work together and do what is right for the people of Texas. We have a moment in time, right now, to set the stage for an even greater Texas for future generations. It is within our grasp.”

10,000 were expected at the Inaugural Barbecue with an additional $5,000 attending the Inaugural Ball. Texan and Country Music Legend George Strait is the featured entertainer.