Friday Dec 02, 2022

Governor Glenn Youngkin’s Inaugural Address – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam – Proclamation


‍As Prepared for Delivery

Strengthening the Spirit of Virginia

Good afternoon. Mr. Speaker, Lt. Governor Sears, Attorney General Miyares, Madame President, Members of the General Assembly, Justices of the Supreme Court, my fellow Virginians.

Today we gather, not as individuals, nor as Republicans or Democrats but as Virginians.

And for the 73rd time in the history of Virginia, the home of American Democracy, we’re 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’m so very humbled to be sworn in as the 74th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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 pride and joy of our lives, our four children Grant, Anna, John and Thomas. I’m 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 their many years of dedication to her. On behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia I thank you for your service.

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.  It’s not about me, but rather 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’ve 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’ll 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.

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