BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - John Bel Edwards was sworn into a second term as Louisiana governor on Monday, Jan. 13.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards highlighted the state's accomplishments as well as areas of improvement during his end of year speech on Wednesday, Dec. 18. (WAFB)
Inaugural festivities began Monday morning with an invitation-only Catholic mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Baton Rouge, followed by a swearing-in ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of the Capitol.
During his speech, Edwards focused on continued funding for roads and bridges, getting to work on coastal restoration projects that will create more land than Louisiana is losing and ensuring Louisiana has the best cybersecurity defense of any state.
In an upending of tradition, the governor has canceled the usual inaugural ball because he and many other state leaders will be hightailing it to New Orleans to attend the LSU/Clemson National Championship game. Instead, Edwards and first lady Donna will host an inauguration reception in New Orleans at the House of Blues.
The inauguration ceremony featured a 19-cannon salute, an F-15 flyover from the Louisiana National Guard, prayer and hymns sung by the Centenary College, Grambling State University, and Southern University choirs.
Louisiana’s six other Republican statewide elected officials were individually be sworn into their latest terms: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, Attorney General Jeff Landry, Treasurer John Schroder, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. Nungesser also delivered a speech.
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