Henry McMaster is sworn in as South Carolina Governor
McMaster says he and members of the Legislature are not competitors, and says the young people of South Carolina will “do things we have never seen before.”
This ends McMaster’s inaugural address.
McMaster says he will protect a South Carolina “brimming with plant and animal life.” Says development and preservation are “complementary... each dependent on the other.”
He touts efforts to combat coastal flooding.
“My pledge to you is that the words ‘Corridor of Shame’ will soon be a fading memory.” McMaster wants to provide infrastructure, jobs to rural areas that have some of the biggest struggles in public education.
Having a budget surplus, McMaster says, “doesn’t mean we have to spend it all.” He calls for changes to the state’s tax code to bolster the state’s competitiveness.
McMaster gives a shout-out to the national champion Clemson University football team.
As the Clemson Tigers just showed the world, South Carolina produces great teamwork, and we will not fumble the ball.”
McMaster, who campaigned on jobs, begins by talking about the importance of economic competition.
“Competiton, sometimes rising to warfare... that economic competition today is the greatest the world has ever known, not only with foreign companies but with foreign governments.”
Henry McMaster is now governor of South Carolina for a full term. He assumed the office in 2017 after former Gov. Nikki Haley was appointed UN ambassador by President Donald Trump.
The swearing-in is followed by a military fly-over. “It’s great to be an American,” McMaster says.
The oath of office now being administered to Gov. Henry McMaster by Chief Justice Donald Beatty.
Evette is now administering the oath of office to the state’s seven other constitutional officers — education superintendent, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, comptroller general, and commissioner of agriculture.
Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette now being sworn in. She’s the first lieutenant governor to be elected on a joint ticket with the governor.
Pastor Leon Winn of Rock Hill Baptist Church in Manning gives the opening prayer. Prays that Henry McMaster will “serve and govern your people well.”
A color guard from The Citadel presents the colors. Gen. James Livingston leads the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gov. McMaster has arrived for the swearing in along with Lt. Gov.-elect Pamela Evette. New Senate President Harvey Peeler is opening the ceremonies.
“In the days ahead, there are going to be debates in the building behind us,” Peeler said, “but as Gov. McMaster says, it’s the people of South Carolina who make South Carolina great.”
Several former S.C. governors are attending the inauguration today, including former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, former U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, Jim Hodges, David Beasley and Dick Riley.
Members of the S.C. Senate, House of Representatives and state judges are processing onto the steps ahead of McMaster’s swearing-in.
Protesters outside the prayer service for McMaster are passing out an “alternative program” highlighting health care access after the state declined to expand Medicaid.
The prayer service at First Presbyterian included an invocation from S.C. National Guard chaplian Norris Darden and a Scripture reading from Rabbi Jonathan Case of Columbia’s Beth Shalom synagogue.
First Presbyterian pastor Derek Thomas urged those gathered show respect to those who hold office and set example for how political discourse be conducted.
Today is the big day for S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster.
McMaster will be sworn in for a full term as South Carolina’s 117th governor on the steps of the S.C. State House at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, South Carolina’s top figures began gathering at McMaster’s home church, Columbia’s First Presbyterian, for a prayer service prior to McMaster taking the oath of office.
Lawmakers and state constitutional officers joined former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and ambassador to Canada David Wilkins for Wednesday morning’s service.