By Greg Hambrick and Jason Spencer
Terry McAuliffe is inaugurated as the next governor of Virginia at noon on Saturday, Jan. 11. He replaces Gov. Bob McDonnell. See our Storify of today's events.
McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the November's statewide elections.
In addition, the day celebrated Virginia's new Lt. Governor, Ralph Northam, and new Attorney General, Mark Herring.
In his inaugural speech, McAuliffe pledged to find bipartisan consensus on a number of issues, from diversifying Virginia's economy to adequate funding to higher education.
He also made references to legislation that would allow children of undocumented immigrants equal access to education; that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians; and to allow women to make their own healthcare decisions.
"The impediments to consensus are well known: ideology, personal political ambition, partisanship or score-settling. Identifying the roadblocks is not a challenge," he said, according to a transcript of his speech.
"What is hard is having the humility to admit that each of us has allowed these impediments to influence our decisions. And even more challenging is having the foresight to put them aside for the greater good."
What do you think of the change in Richmond? Tell us in the comments.
Coverage from across the web:
- How Terry McAuliffe becomes a great governor (Washington Post)
- Medicaid expansion, not social issues, expected to dominate (Washington Post)
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