Tate Reeves becomes Mississippi's 65th governor

Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 4:44 PM CST
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Tate Reeves is officially the 65th Governor of Mississippi. He sworn in Tuesday morning in Jackson. Heavy rains caused the event to change. Once he took the oath, Reeves spoke to the people.

“This will be an administration for all Mississippi. For all Mississippi. That is our theme for here today and that will be our motto,” Gov. Reeves said.

Speaking to the citizens of Mississippi after taking the oath, Reeves touched in a number of topics like workforce development and increasing our for teachers.

“We will do everything in our power to make sure this is the easiest place in America to start and grow a business,” Reeves said.

The inaugural ceremony was a bit nontraditional. The ceremony was supposed to take place outside the capitol, but due to heavy rain and thunderstorms it was moved inside. That led to everyone being crammed inside. Local media tried to go inside the House chambers, but was denied entry.

People gathered around televisions just outside the chambers to hear what Reeves had to say. The only cameras allowed in belonged to MPB, but following his speech Reeves met with reporters.

“It’s not about what’s happened in the past today is about the future. It’s for all Mississippians. It’s about bringing Mississippians together across the state for better jobs and defending out way of life in Mississippi. I’m committed to doing just that,” Reeves says.

Elected officials from East Mississippi we’re also there to witness the ceremony.

“Phil Bryant did a great job for us over the last eight years and he’s going to stay active. There’s no way he’s just going to stop. He’ll have a role, not just in Mississippi, but how East Mississippi moves forward,” Republican District 33 Senator Jeff Tate says.

“There have been a lot of campaign wishes and we will see if they get fulfilled,” Republican District 84 Representative Troy Smith says.

“It was great to be a part of it and just to see something like this,’ Republican District 83 Senator Billy Calvert says.

“All this stuff is great that we are doing the inauguration stuff, but we’re ready to get down to work. It’s a 125 day session this year,” Republican District 44 Representative Scott Bounds says.

A parade was on the schedule, but was canceled Tuesday morning. The Inaugural Ball was held at 7:00 p.m.

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