Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey was sworn in for her second full term

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey began her second full term Monday, calling the state a place where “common sense and opportunity abound” in uncertain national times.

Ivey took the oath of office on the steps of Alabama’s Capitol, which is adorned with the state’s red and white flag.

“It is the highest honor of my life to serve as your governor. I promise you today that over the next four years, I will work hard to build on our roots so we can address our longstanding challenges, drive our progress and prepare for the future,” said Ivey.

In a broad speech, the Republican governor thanked supporters, pledged a focus on education, broadband rollouts and cuts in regulation for businesses, but also nodded to GOP hot-button issues like restrictions on transgender athletes.

“When I was a young girl growing up in Camden, I could never have imagined the world we live in today. I never thought that the day we elect a governor and a United States senator, we’d also have to fight to give our girls a fair chance when they compete in sports,” Ivey said.