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Republican Glenn Youngkin sworn in as Governor of Virginia

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Republican Glenn Youngkin was sworn in as the next governor of Virginia, delivering an optimistic message about empowering parents, fighting COVID-19, and providing economic relief to families and businesses hard hit by the pandemic and inflation.

“We celebrate the sound of freedom!” Youngkin said to thunderous applause and a fighter jet flyover shortly after being sworn in.

Speaking outside the Capitol in Richmond, the state’s new 74th governor told Virginians that better days are ahead.

Youngkin waves to the crowd before his inauguration ceremony, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

“Virginia’s spirit is alive and well. And together we will strengthen it,” Youngkin said. “Together we will renew the promise of Virginia, so it will be the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

YOUNGKIN BEAT MCAULIFFE IN RACE FOR VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

Youngkin, a former private equity executive and political novice, beat former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in November to swing the swing state in the much-watched race. He has been the first GOP governor since 2014.

In an olive branch to Democrats, Youngkin said Saturday, “No matter who you voted for, I pledge to be your advocate, your voice, your governor.”

Youngkin, who has mobilized voters on issues such as race and education, said children should be in school “five days a week” and not be subjected to political teachings, hinting at a campaign commitment to ban the teaching of critical race theory.

“We will take politics out of the classroom and refocus on essential math, science and reading,” Youngkin said. “And we will teach all of our history good and evil.”

He said “parents should have a say in what is taught in school”.

“To the parents, I say we respect you,” Youngkin said. “And we will give you the means to educate your children.”

On the coronavirus, Youngkin paid tribute to those who have passed away and to the first responders and healthcare workers who have been on the front lines of the pandemic. He said he trusted modern medicine and “individual liberty” to lead Virginia out of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Despite the continued challenges posed by COVID-19, I see a way forward,” Youngkin said. “Not to a pessimistic new normal, but to a new and better day.”

Economically, Youngkin said he wants to put the recent gas tax hike on hold for a year and eliminate the food tax altogether to deal with the rising cost of living. He said he would cut regulations, create 400,000 jobs and “get all Virginians back to work.”

He said he wanted to raise teachers’ salaries, fully fund law enforcement and protect qualified officers’ immunity.

Youngkin spoke of the record turnout in November and said Virginians were on a “mission to restore faith in government and return power to the people.”

Republican Glenn Youngkin sworn in as Governor of Virginia

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Youngkin greets supporters at a reception Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Richmond, Va.
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The inauguration is “not about me”, he said, but a celebration of this movement.

“We are here today as messengers of this movement,” Youngkin said. “Charged to protect freedom, create opportunity, and build unity for the hard work ahead.”

Youngkin, a first-time candidate from the business wing of the GOP, ran a disciplined campaign, focusing on taxes, crime and holding public schools accountable to parents, while McAuliffe spent much of his firepower linking Youngkin to the former president. Donald Trump.

Youngkin had Trump’s support and also mobilized suburban voters by running on issues such as banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools. Liberals have worried that Youngkin’s victory will cause problems for Democrats across the country in this year’s midterm elections with President Biden’s dismal approval ratings.

Republican Glenn Youngkin sworn in as Governor of Virginia

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Youngkin and his wife Suzanne greet supporters at a reception Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

On Friday night, he kicked off the grand opening weekend with a pre-grand opening celebration at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

“I hope you can feel Virginia’s spirit because it is alive and well!” Youngkin told his followers

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Youngkin viewed his victory over McAuliffe as something more than just a regular political campaign.

“It was a movement that brought people together like never before in the Commonwealth,” Youngkin said, according to pool reports.

Youngkin was sworn in along with other newly elected Republicans: Attorney General Miyares and Lt. Governor Winsome Sears outside the state Capitol.

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