WATCH ALABAMA INAUGURATION: Governor Kay Ivey, other elected leaders being sworn into office


Gov. Kay Ivey prepares to deliver her inauguration day speech after taking the oath of office for a second term on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 – Alabama News Network

Governor Kay Ivey and other heads of state took their oaths of office Monday morning outside the Alabama Capitol. Live coverage was provided on WAKA 8 and ABC 32.

Ivey is the first Republican woman to become governor. She is beginning her second full term, having become governor in April 2017, as the then governor. Robert Bentley resigned and as governor, she took office.

Others who were sworn in were Lt. gov. Will Ainsworth, Attorney General Steve Marshall, Attorney General Andrew Sorrell, Secretary of State Wes Allen, Treasurer Young Boozer and Agriculture and Industry Commissioner Rick Pate. Civil Service Commissioners Jeremy Oden and Chip Beeker and four members of the state school board also took the oath.

The new leaders of this group are Sorrell as Examiner replacing Jim Zeigler and Wes Allen as Secretary of State replacing John Merrill. Zeigler and Merrill served two terms and were not eligible to seek a third term due to term limitations.

Many of the speakers referenced the state motto, “We Dare Defend Our Rights,” as they contrasted the faith and family values ​​of the people of Alabama with social change in other parts of the country.

Ivey said the people of Alabama are our greatest resource on both good days and challenging days. She said when she took the oath at her inauguration in 2019, she could not have imagined what was to come as the pandemic led to unprecedented federal government spending that has fueled inflation.

As for social change, she says in a year that saw her elected governor and Katie Britt the state’s first woman elected to the US Senate, she needed to fight to ensure girls compete fairly in sports.

Ivey says the state will never compromise its values.

She listed issues that were or will continue to be addressed in her first term, including road and bridge repairs, prison reform, mental health, education, broadband, tax cuts, unemployment and business investment. Those investments total $40 billion, she said, with the creation of more than 73,000 jobs.

Looking ahead, she says education will be her top priority with a goal of getting Alabama in the top 30 states in reading and math. She says Alabama will participate in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide a regular supply of books for every child from birth to age five.

She says it is the parents who should decide what is best for their children and mentions school choice and charter schools as options.

Ivey says failing elementary schools are no longer accepted. She says she will sign an executive order creating the Alabama Commission on Teaching and Learning to hire and prepare tomorrow’s teachers.

Other items on her to-do list include streamlining government, expanding broadband to every part of the state, supporting law enforcement and the military, including space command in Huntsville and the F-35s coming to Montgomery, and the continuation of economic development strategies for the 2030s today.

Ivey said, “It is the highest honor of my life to be your governor.” She is 78 and will serve until January 2027, when her second term ends and a new governor will take the oath due to term limits.