tv Inauguration Ceremony for New Virginia Governor CSPAN January 16, 2022 5:47am-6:59am EST
[cheering] >> the joint assembly will come to order. america the beautiful will now be performed by the vocal music program at the school of the arts. >> ♪ oh beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain for purple mountains majesty above the fruited plain america america god shed his grace on thee
>> the joint assembly will rise and be led in prayer by pastor calvin duncan, faith and family church from richmond and remain standing for the pledge of allegiance to the flag of america and to sing our national anthem. >> hello, virginia! behold how good and pleasant it is for a brother -- for brothers to dwell together in unity and harmony on martin luther king
jr.'s birthday for this 74th inaugural service. the bible says -- trust in the lord with all thy heart and lean not to our own understanding but in all our ways acknowledge him and he will direct our paths. let us pray. bow our heads please. heavenly father, we come to you in the name of jesus, you are the supreme being of the universe for you alone oh god are sovereign. you are the creator of all things in the heavens and the earth. you are omnipotent for you possess all power. you are omnipresent for you are everywhere. you are omniscient for you
possess all knowledge. it is you who is omni been elevated -- omni benevolent. you have unlimited goodness, mercy, and grace. we come to you with thanksgiving in our hearts for your many blessings you have both stowed upon us all. in the midst of this pandemic, you have given us another day for this is the day that the lord has made. we will rejoice and be glad in it not mad in it, not sad in it, but glad in edge. heavenly father, we invite your presence to this 74th inaugural ceremony. the spirit of the loving god fall fresh on us and we ask for your peace, protection, your guidance and your direction. we ask that you be a shelter over the youngkin family that no
weapon formed against them will prevail or prosper. we ask that you grant our governor glenn youngkin with words and wisdom to guide us into a new season of possibilities and prosperity. we believe that the honorable glenn youngkin was ordained to be our governor for such a time as this. give our governor and his administration discernment and insight to lead this great commonwealth of virginia. because we are all valuable together. we all matter. may our spirits be filled with
faith, hope, and love as our governor leaves this commonwealth of virginia. therefore god, grant us the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change. the courage to change the thing that we can. as a wisdom to know the difference. we can all make a difference. we are willing to be understanding. be our brother's keepers. patients -- practice patience and love. love is a universal language. the heart and soul of all people. regardless of their creed, regardless, we need to respect and love one another. as dr. martin luther king jr. said, darkness cannot rise out of darkness.
only light could do that. hate cannot drive our feelings. only love can do that. let us come together in love, unity, so we could become a haven of hope for all. therefore, let us all come together whether you are democrats, republicans, let's walk together. let's work together. let's cry together. let's laugh together. let's stay together and let us pray together. please, will you join me in saying the lord's prayer right now. our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those against us.
lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. thy is the kingdom, the power, the glory, forever and ever. in the mighty name of jesus, we pray and everybody says amen. [applause] >> please join me in welcoming the son of commander brian bourgeois to lead us in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. >> i pledge of allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands one nation under
god indivisible with liberty and justice for all. thank you. [applause] >> the star-spangled banner will now be performed by the senator john mccain cosgrove and the delegate christopher t hen. >> before we sing we would like to offer special thanks to dr. john hugo the department of music at liberty university and the orchestra for preparing this arrangement of the national anthem. >> ♪ o say can you see by the dawn's early light
what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there o say does that star span band there yeah way -- start banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and
the home of the brave ♪ >> god bless america, god bless the commonwealth. >> god bless glenn youngkin. [applause] >> joint assembly and guests, please be seated. the oath of office will now be administered to the attorney general elect, by the honorable kevin m duffin, judge, second judicial circuit of virginia. [applause] [applause]
>> please raise your hand and repeat after me. >> i jason -- do swallow him we swear -- do solemnly swear that i will support the constitution of the united states. >> and the constitution of the commonwealth of virginia. >> and the constitute of the commonwealth of virginia. >> and that i will faithfully and responsibly discharge. >> all the duties incumbent upon me. >> all the duties incumbent upon me. >> as attorney general of the commonwealth of virginia. >> as the attorney general of the commonwealth of the virginia. >> according to the best of my abilities. >> according to the best of my abilities. >> so help me god.
[laughter] [applause] >> good morning. are you prepared to take the oath of office? >> i am. >> if you would raise your right hand and put your left hand on the bible. >> i winsome earl sears. do solemnly swear. that i will support the constitution of the united states. >> that i will support the constitution of the united states. >> and constitution of the commonwealth of virginia. >> and the constitution of the commonwealth of virginia. >> and that i will faithfully. >> and i will faithfully.
oath of office yet -- office? >> yes, i am. >> please raise your right hand and place your left hand on the bible, held by your wife. at this time i call on my former colleague, retired justice of the state court of virginia, elizabeth mcclanahan to give you the oath of office. >> thank you, chief justice. mr. youngkin, repeat after me. i glenn youngkin do solemnly swear. >> i glenn youngkin do solemnly swear. >> to support the constitution of the united states. >> to support the constitution of the united states. >> and the constitution of virginia. >> and the constitution of virginia. >> and i will faithfully and impartially discharge. >> and i will faithfully and impartially discharge.
seated. at this time i have the honor to present to the people of virginia the new governor of the commonwealth, his excellency, glenn youngkin. [applause] gov. youngkin: good afternoon. good afternoon. august sunny day -- on this bright sunny day. mr. speaker, lt. governor sears, attorney general miyares, madame president, members of the general assembly, justices of the supreme court,
today we gather not as individuals, nor as republicans or democrats. today we gather as virginians. and for the 73rd time in the history of virginia, the home of american democracy, we are participating in the peaceful and orderly transfer of leadership. the will of the people grants a license to serve. a temporary license extended with trust, with faith, and with expectations to deliver on promises made. and therefore, as i reflect on my virginia home and my love for
this great nation and its founding principles. i am so very humbled to be sworn in as the 74th governor of the commonwealth of virginia. [applause] the solemn oath sworn today in the name of the almighty father is done so with the love of my life by my side, your new first lady, suzanne youngkin. and with the joy and pride we both feel for our lovely,
wonderful children, grant, anna, john and thomas. ,i am so grateful for their love and support. and to my sister dottie i can feel mom and dad smiling down upon us today. suzanne and i want to thank governor ralph northam and first lady pam northam for being so gracious and supportive during this transition. their love for virginia shines through and their many years of dedication suggest basic words, we love virginia. on behalf of the commonwealth of virginia i thank you for your service. [applause]
in this last election, we heard from more voters than ever before, 25% more, nearly 3.3 million virginians who sent us here on a mission to restore trust in government, and to restore power to the people. we stand here today as the messengers of that movement. entrusted to protect liberty create opportunity and build unity for the hard work ahead. this celebration is about that movement and not the candidates or elected-office holders. ita™s not about me, but rather -- it is not about me rather it is about us. and this movement continues to be fueled by the hopes and dreams and yes, the tenacity and grit of virginians, of parents,
students and teachers, of entrepreneurs and small business owners, of law enforcement and first responder heroes, of hard-working virginians coming home from the midnight to 8am shift of active duty military, veterans and their families, of farmers, factory workers and healthcare heroes. today we stand together on behalf of virginians who have never lost faith, even when they have suffered loss. of virginians who have not stopped dreaming of a better life, even in the midst of trials and tribulations. my fellow virginians, the spirit of virginia is alive and well.
and together we will strengthen it. together we will renew the promise of virginia, so it will be the best place to live, work and raise a family. no matter who you voted for, i pledge to be your advocate, your voice, your governor. we stand here on january 15, 2022 filled with hope and optimism for the years ahead. this hope and optimism springs from a shared vision for the future, and also from knowing what we have been through.
we are acutely aware of the struggles virginians have endured over the last two years, struggles that we continue to face. not a single one of us has escaped the tragic consequences of covid-19. today we lift-up our prayers for the more than 15,000 virginians whose lives have been lost. we pray for the families. and we pray for those who have survived but who have lost jobs, lost an income or a business, or even lost hope. we know the impact borne by children, who fell behind because their classrooms were locked down too long. and the strain placed on parents. especially virginia moms who had to juggle with their homes becoming job sites and virtual
classrooms overnight. this moment of hardship has been compounded by economic factors. inflation and supply chain failures. rising grocery, gas and utility bills. as well higher taxes and stagnant growth. wea™ve also witnessed a rise in -- we have also witnessed a rise in divisiveness in the public square and distrust of public figures. our politics have become too toxic. soundbites have replaced solutions -- taking precedence over good faith problem-solving. yet, as we gather here today, i join you with an unbridled sense of optimism, because i know and trust virginians. we are home to a resilient and courageous people. heroes who have inspired us, doctors and nurses who worked double-shifts to save lives, grocers, truckers, postal workers who worked overtime to stock shelves and make
deliveries, and neighbors who took care of the frail and elderly in their community. despite the continuing challenges posed by covid-19, i see a path forward. not to some pessimistic new normal, but to a new and better day. our common path forward is with the miracle of modern medicine, that has given us vaccines, new therapeutics and medical treatments. our common path forward is with our deep and abiding respect for individual freedom. and our common path forward protects both lives and livelihoods across this commonwealth. my fellow virginians, i come to
this moment, and to this office, knowing we must bind the wounds of division. restore trust. find common cause for the common good. and strengthen the spirit of virginia. and to be clear this spirit of virginia is not about government deciding for us what is best for us. but rather reflecting the will of the people. defending and protecting the rights guaranteed by our constitution. and a government and elected leaders going to work every day for we the people. make no mistake, virginians remain resilient with that
tenacity and grit and undeterred hope and optimism to press through these challenges. we must venture forward because a new and better day is ahead of us. after all, we are virginians whose leaders gave birth to the most exceptional nation the world has ever known. yes a country with chapters of great injustice. but also a country birthed on the fundamental notion of freedom. that we are all endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happinessa. a nation whose ideas and ideals
have been replicated and memorialized around the globe for nearly 250 years. and virginians have led boldly from our founding fathers washington, jefferson, madison, monroe and our very first governor, patrick henry, who insisted on adding the bill of rights to the constitution to protect our individual liberties. [applause] this is our lineage. and following generations carried that mantle, leading and serving as virginians are called to do. barrier-breakers like maggie walker and governor doug wilder , who is here with us today. [applause] leading the way for the historic inauguration today of our new lt governor winsome earle sears and
is big enough for the hopes and dreams of a diverse people. we stand here today to accept the license to lead. and will do so by including all and welcoming all. because the future of virginia belongs to all. i come to this office, ready to lead and serve on day one. we will start where the future is determined in the classroom , preparing virginia's children to be career or college ready. starting today, we will raise standards, raise teacher pay, invest in facilities and children with disabilities.
and we know that when our children don't go to school it harms their learning and development. so let me be clear we must keep our children in school 5-days a week. [applause] starting today, we will tackle the high cost of living. we will suspend for a year the recent tax increase on gasoline, and eliminate the grocery tax altogether. in addition, we will double the standard deduction on income taxes, rein in skyrocketing
property taxes, provide the largest tax rebate in virginias history. we will cut taxes on villa terry veterans -- military veterans retirement benefits. solving the cost crisis is not merely about restraining taxes, it is about growing incomes and opportunities as well. starting today, we will be crystal clear, virginia is open for business. [applause] we are going to re-energize the engine of the economy by
reducing regulations, investing in job training, making it easier for business to access capital, and get all virginians back to work our goal is to -- together we will create 400,000 jobs and 10,000 new startups over the next four years. lifting up all virginians. [applause] we are going to make virginia competitive again, no longer conceding corporate relocations and expansions to our friends in maryland, north carolina and tennessee. we will compete. and we will win.
the most basic compact government must make with every citizen is to preserve public safety. my pledge is that we will restore safety by fully funding law enforcement. starting today, we will comprehensively fund higher salaries, better training, investments in equipment. and we will protect qualified immunity for law enforcement. [applause] and we will invest in community policing programs to build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve and protect.
[applause] like so many, i'm troubled by the recent attacks on our police . the vast, vast majority of these heroes perform an incredibly challenging and dangerous job with extraordinary professionalism. as governor, we will return respect to the men and women who wear the uniform all law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and first responders who take an oath to keep us all safe. somewhere along the way, we have lost the ability to show respect to one another. to disagree without being disagreeable. we have tried to silence the people most responsible for the
lives of our young children, their parents. parents should have a say in what is taught in school, -- [applause] they should have a say because to make decisions with regards to their child's upbringing, education, and care. i say we respect you. we will empower you in the education of your children. our deep respect and gratitude
remains for the heroes. who have fallen in the service of our nation. the veterans living among us today and those currently serving on active duty america is free because you were and are brave. so i ask every hero serving in our military today, every veteran of the service in years past, every member of law enforcement who has worn the badge, every first responder, to either stand, or raise your hand, so we can recognize your service. [applause]
if someone tells you there are no heroes anymore, tell them to come to virginia. my fellow virginians, we each have the power to make this power well -- commonwealth a better place. no one alone and certainly not a governor can ensure an entire commonwealth can live up to its promise. one virginian at a time one act of service and sacrifice at a time we can make this virginia we love stronger and better for all who live here. dr. martin luther king, jr., whose birthday we celebrate
today and whose great life we celebrate monday with a national holiday once said, "we may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now. for us, that boat is named virginia, and today we set sail to a new and better day. since the founding of jamestown a little more than 400 years ago we have been an imperfect people on a course to a more perfect union. at times we have failed to live up to the ideals we all hold dear. we all want to do what is right. we all want to do what is morally just. even if we fall short. what is seared in our heart by a loving, almighty creator is not
a desire for power or conquest, not a love of self, or personal advancement. rather it is a belief that life is worth living when we serve a greater cause than self. when we love without expecting favor in return. we set aside ego for the greater good. we are one virginia. we are all failing in the same book. with faith in a loving god, whose presence can be felt here today. and in partnership with lieutenant governor sears and attorney general miyares, our cabinet, and the duly elected leaders of the virginia assembly, we will chart and sail a course through our present troubled waters. so we reach the shores of a new and better day -- with more
opportunity and more prosperity. what we can do together is truly limitless. we must set our eyes on the common values and common future that unites us. to work every day to strengthen the spirit of virginia, and redeem the promise of our people. my fellow virginians, it is day one area let's get to work. thank you, god bless you. may god bless the commonwealth of virginia. [applause]
wood. sorry i could not travel the roads. martin i looked down as far as i could to where it has been in the undergrowth. having perhaps better claims. as for that, it was about the same. it leaves no -- or get the first for another day. i doubt it if i should never come back. somewhere ages and ages, two roads diverged in a web.
i took the one less traveled by. that has made all the difference. may god bless you, governor youngkin. god bless virginia. god bless the united states of america. [applause] >> please rise for the benediction. >> god bless you, virginia. the governor, first lady, and the wonderful team. i want to dedicate this verse.
with the grace of the lord jesus christ, the love of god and the communion with the holy spirit. may we bow our heads. our most gracious heavenly father, we give much gratitude to you, our lord and. together, people, all diversities, cultures, background and stories. could join as one witness in new chapters here in virginia. we bless our governors, glenn youngkin, first lady, susan youngkin, the lieutenant governor, and attorney general. you bestow them, as spirit of leadership and integrity to lead and influence our space.
moral and physical principles be driven. to the benefit of our presence, the time and generations to come. yes, challenges will come. you get hit hard. we have the honor of having patrick henry as our governor. a man that fought for liberty even if it meant to the point of death. a governor like thomas jefferson , who wrote one of the most important documents in world history. and establish the first permanent settlement in the year 1607 and history was never the same after that. our history has demonstrated to a people of sacrifice and of near beginnings. let the story we tell today be a
beacon of strength, hope, and courage. for all people and all of the states that have put their eyes upon us. follow our footsteps as we follow yours. we say in spanish -- [speaking spanish] let our lord and savior, jesus christ be glorified here in virginia. not only for our beautiful state but for our beautiful country. we will truly be one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. we come in agreement together in jesus name, amen. god bless you, god bless the commonwealth of virginia. [applause]
>> members and guests. please be seated. please welcome members of virginias 11 indian tribes as they present a blessing dance to honor governor youngkin and bless the capitol grounds with best wishes for successful administration and stronger ties between virginia's indigenous people and the commonwealth. as part of the tradition, all of those able to stand are asked to do so. i would ask you to remain standing as we come together for a prayer for the commonwealth led by governor glenn youngkin.
virginians, there is no way to embark on what -- amazing people, join us please in a moment of prayer for the commonwealth. heavenly father. we lift our eyes up to the hills. where does our help come from? our help comes from you. father, as we embark on these next four years, we ask you to guide our steps so that they are your steps.
we ask you to give us the strength to do the work that needs to be done. we ask you to soften our hearts so that we could see the good in everyone. the next four years. bring virginians together of all faiths, of all walks of life. from every corner, from the coalfields of western virginia to memorials that represent so many fallen across this commonwealth. we ask for your help. we thank you for today. we thank you for the hope and optimism represented by this movement that has brought us all here together. finally father, we pray on this. your son jesus christ name, a
amen, amen ♪ [applause] president biden: [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2022] -- [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2022] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> [indiscernible]
>> those opposed, no. the motion is agreed to. senator bell. >> the move to joint assembly. >> any in favor of the motion will set aye. the motion is agreed to. the joint assembly has adjourned. please be seated. please be advised the house will adjourn separately to meet again monday, january 17, 2022 at 12:00 noon. on behalf of the general assembly i invite each of you to stay and view the inaugural parade. i would request everyone remain seated. thank you. [applause] ♪
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