McCrory sworn in as 74th governor
In a historic passing of the gavel, North Carolina swore in its first Republican governor in 20 years Saturday as the state enters an era of Republican control of the House, Senate and executive branches.
More than 100 people gathered in the old House chambers for the swearing-in of governor-elect and former Jamestown resident Pat McCrory.
Starting off the ceremony, outgoing Gov. Beverly Purdue and her husband Bob Eaves entered the room to a standing ovation, followed by the entrance of McCrory and his wife, Ann, who also received standing applause.
“Our goal was not to get a title,” said McCrory, who became the state’s 74th governor. “Our goal was to lead and to govern and to serve with a purpose, and that’s what we’re going to begin doing today. We’re going to have some tough work ahead of us, but we all love our state and we care for the next generation of leaders for our state so they have the same quality of life that we enjoyed for so many years. Let us all work together and let us never forget our purpose.”
McCrory also thanked Purdue for her “graciousness during this transition,”
Chief Justice Sarah Parker administered the oath to McCrory at 12:10 p.m. on two Bibles held by Ann McCrory — the McCrory family Bible and the George Durant 1599 Bible, which is known as North Carolina’s oldest book. After saying “I do,” the crowd applauded and the new governor hugged his wife.
Following the ceremony, McCrory left the second floor of the old Capitol building to the sounds of a brass quintet playing “Penny Lane” and “When I’m 64” by The Beatles — a favorite band McCrory’s. McCrory then was driven by his security detail to the Executive Mansion for a meal with ceremony participants.
Republicans gained concurrent control of the state House and Senate two years ago for the first time since the late 19th century. GOP state legislative candidates padded their party’s margins in both chambers on Election Day last month.
Republicans will have 32-18 seat margin in the Senate and a 77-43 advantage in the House. Prior to the 2010 general election, Democrats held a 30-20 majority in the Senate and a 68-52 margin in the House.