The Examiner 12 Jan, 2021 09:00 am

Mike Parson

Mike Parson
The Republican governor took the oath of office at a midday event on the grounds of the recently refurbished Capitol, with church bells ringing and artillery guns firing a salute — just as they have for past governors.

Kremer said Missouri has an opportunity this year to show how its diversity of race, religion, culture and geography is a source of strength, not division.Kremer said the state's first gubernatorial inauguration actually occurred in September 1820, almost a full year before the lengthy statehood process concluded.Louis hotel where lawmakers were meeting and delivered a speech of fewer than 500 words that was described by one historian as “a model of brevity,” Kremer said.Parson, 65, won election to a full four-year term in November by easily defeating Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway, who was expected to join other state officials at the inaugural ceremony.

The ceremony also included the inauguration of other statewide executives who won election last fall — Lt.State officials hope that by this August enough people will have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to safely hold a more elaborate celebration.

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