FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) — Matt Bevin has been sworn in as Kentucky’s 62nd governor.
He was sworn in at midnight Tuesday in a small, private ceremony.
Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton also took the oath of office, becoming the first African-American ever to hold statewide office in Kentucky.
Gov. Bevin issued a challenge to his cabinet members after he was sworn in.
"I would challenge each of you please, in the days, the weeks and the months ahead, to continue to be as excited as you are now, as bold as you are now, and pray as hard as you have prayed to this point," Bevin said. "We need your prayers. The commonwealth needs your prayers. My wife and I, and my family, we need your prayers. And I would be grateful for your continued support of us."
Several events are planned in honor of Bevin’s inauguration.
An inaugural worship service will take place at 8 a.m. at the Frankfort Convention Center. The service is open to the public.
The 2015 inaugural parade will begin on Capital Avenue at 10 a.m.
The public swearing-in ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Governor Bevin and Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton will be publicly sworn into office during the ceremony.
A full schedule of events is listed below:
8 a.m. – Inaugural Worship Service: The morning worship service, which was moved to the Frankfort Convention Center, will also serve as a toy drive for the Kentucky National Guard Assistance Center. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for any age child. Those toys will be distributed throughout the state to children of deployed Kentucky National Guard families. Backpacks, duffel bags and other large bags will not be permitted inside the Frankfort Convention Center. The service is open to the public
10 a.m. – 2015 Inaugural Parade: The Inaugural Parade will take place on Capital Avenue and will offer a variety of bands and floats from across the Commonwealth. The parade will focus on honoring and giving thanks to those Kentuckians who have served in our armed forces. The event is free and open to the public and will be broadcast live on KET.
2 p.m. – The Official Swearing-in Ceremony: Governor-Elect Matt Bevin and Lt. Governor-Elect Jenean Hampton will be publicly sworn in as the next Governor and Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Frankfort Welcome Party: Renowned Kentucky musician Ricky Skaggs will be the featured performer at an inaugural celebration at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.
7 p.m. – The Grand March: The Grand March is a tradition dating back to the mid-19th Century, during which newly elected constitutional officers are formally introduced to the public. The event is free and open to the public.