Republican Arizona Gov. Ducey, Bipartisan Group Of Officials Sworn In Monday

Published: Monday, January 7, 2019 - 9:08am
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey starts a second term Monday with inaugural festivities at the state Capitol, accompanied by five other newly elected top state officials who come from both leading political parties as Arizona takes on a purple tint.

Democrat Mayor Robert Uribe of Douglas, who backed Ducey in the November election, was chosen as master of ceremonies for the ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. The event also includes color guard, a native leader's blessing, prayers by a rabbi and a Baptist pastor and F-16 Fighting Falcons flown by the Arizona National Guard. The guard's 108th Army Band was providing the music.

Four grandchildren of the late Rep. Ed Pastor, a Hispanic Democrat who represented Arizona in Congress for more than two decades, were selected to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also taking the oath of office Monday are incumbents Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Mine Inspector Joe Hart and new Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Treasurer Kimberly Yee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. Hobbs and Hoffman are Democrats and the rest are Republicans.

After the ceremony on the grounds of Arizona's Capitol, a food tasting with fare from Arizona restaurants is planned, as well as a chance for adults and children to meet local sports mascots.

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