Inauguration 2014

Former President Bill Clinton, left, smiles as Governor-elect Terry MCauliffe, right, and his wife, Dorothy, head down the steps of the State Capitol in Richmond, Va.. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, for McAuliffe's swearing-in as the 72nd governor of Virginia.

Update: 4:15 p.m.

Pool reporter Chelyen Davis of Fredericksburg's Free Lance-Star reports on the open house at the Executive Mansion.

After the swearing-in ceremony and the parade, the Executive Mansion was open to the public for an open house.

It’s the oldest executive residence still being used for that purpose in the nation, and was finished in 1813 for a cost of $18,871 (that’s according to House and Home Magazine; the mansion’s official Web site currently diverts to a site listing McAuliffe’s new cabinet). The governor’s family typically lives in private quarters upstairs, while the rooms downstairs are used for events.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy greeted people in a room to the left of the entrance, known as the Old Governor’s Office. Mansion docent Sherry Kerley said it was originally used as the actual governor’s office. Hanging in the room are portraits, including one of Patrick Henry -- Virginia’s first governor, although he served before the mansion was built. Over the marble fireplace hangs a painting of three Native Americans.

McAuliffe was still dressed in his inauguration morning suit, and Mrs. McAuliffe still wore the red coat she wore at the inauguration.

At times family members, including sons Jack and Peter and Mrs. McAuliffe’s father Richard Swann, came in and out of the room.

The line of people waiting to come in stretched part-way down the street that leads to the mansion’s front gates, and they had to go through security again. They were let inside in small groups.

George Bishop, newly appointed executive director of the mansion, led each person (or family) into the room and introduced them to the McAuliffes.

McAuliffe shook hands, thanked them for coming and posed for pictures with each one.

“Want to take your coat off? You look good like that,” he told one man.

One woman told him she was from Syracuse and he asked which neighborhood. He asked a state employee if he had any advice for the new boss. The employee said he should let state workers do their jobs.

Update: 3:38 p.m.

Attorney General Mark Herring says the ethics policy that applies to himself and employees of the Office of Attorney General will conform closely to the executive order Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed just after taking office today.

Herring said his policy will bar employees of the Office of Attorney General from soliciting anything of value or accepting any gift over $100 in value, "with common-sense exceptions like gifts from family members and personal friends."

"Virginians deserve to know their public officials are serving them with the highest levels of integrity and without undue influence," he said in a statement.

"Our gift ban explicitly puts in place a high standard for the first time, so the public trust can be restored in the Office of Attorney General, as well as among state employees covered under the governor's order."

Update 3:33 p.m.

George Brown, who brought a group of 12 students from Tazewell High School in Southwest Virginia for a three-day trip to the General Assembly and inauguration, said the experience was worthwhile and educational for him and the students. The group also met with their representatives while in Richmond.

The inauguration “was outstanding. The city is to be commended,” Brown said.

Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright said Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s emphasis on political parties finding common ground was evidence of the “Virginia way.”

“We got to buckle down and get things done,” Wright said after the inauguration. Among his hopes for McAuliffe’s administration is to address “some real issues with transportation” in the Hampton Roads area and evaluating the effectiveness of SOL testing in the state.

“He hit all the right chords with me,” during his speech, Wright said. “I’m definitely in his corner.”

Josh Kadrich, a 24-year-old Richmond social media consultant, said his main motivation for attending the inauguration was to “see Bob McDonnell and crew out of office.” He said McAuliffe’s mention of women’s, gay and lesbian issues was “relaxing to see for a change.”

“It’s always worthwhile to attend events that can precipitate a change in history,” Kadrich said.

 Ans Burgett of Warrenton, who campaigned for McAuliffe during both of his gubernatorial bids, came to witness “the end of my work,” she said.

Burgett said McAuliffe’s business background makes up for his lack of government experience and she is looking forward to his four-year tenure.

“It might be a whole new thing for Virginia. I think he’s going to do well,” she said as she left the Capitol grounds. “Everything was wonderful except for the rain.”

 Reginald and Patricia Coffey of Stafford came not only because they voted for McAuliffe, but also to see their daughter march with James Madison University in the parade following the inauguration.

“I’m excited about the governor and his mission to move forward,” Reginald Coffey said. “He motivated the crowd despite the weather… We’re looking forward to the next four years.”

Update: 2:23 p.m.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed four executive orders, including one that will bar discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation -- the first such order to protect transgender people.

Another will bar the governor or his family members from accepting gifts worth more than $100.

The other orders are intended to ensure continuity of government in the event of a state emergency where the governor is incapacitated or cannot be reached. They designate certain powers to his chief of staff in those circumstances.

Update: 1:50 p.m.

The inaugural parade comes to a close as a 4-H group leads miniature horses from Henrico and Hanover counties past the reviewing stand.

The new governor will hold an open house at the Executive Mansion from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tonight McAuliffe will attend the inaugural ball at the Siegel Center.

Update: 1:41 p.m.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Gov. Terry McAuliffe's speech "first rate."

"I thought it was a very clear call to action but as he said over and over again an admission of humility about what we need to be doing together -- in his case on behalf of the commonwealth or the country."

"I was very moved by it."

The secretary, a longtime personal friend of the governor, who ran her 2008 presidential campaign, was asked what she thought this means to McAuliffe personally.

"It's a great personal achievement but he does these kinds of public service activities for as long as I've known him because he really believes that we can do better."

"He believes that people can find common ground, as he said today. So I think he is certainly relishing the moment but very clear-eyed about the work ahead."

Minutes later former President Bill Clinton exited the Capitol through the extension toward the Bank Street exit where he was greeted by loud cheers from a gathering of military men and women with whom he posed for pictures. He left without stopping for reporters' questions.

Update 1:34

Equality Virginia, which backs equal opportunity for gays and lesbians, carries a rainbow flag in front of the reviewing stand.

Update: 1:22 p.m.

Also playing in the inaugural parade --  the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets -- with bagpipers; and the Virginia Tech Regimental Band -- the Highty-Tighties.

Update: 1:18 p.m.

An eclectic inaugural parade includes varied participants such as AARP and the Royal Dukes marching band from James Madison University.

The JMU band recently participated in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Today the band is playing "76 Trombones."

Update: 1:13 p.m.

Rabbi Jack Moline of the Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria presents the benediction.

He asks God to confer blessings on Virginia's new leaders.

The inaugural ceremony has adjourned and the parade is about to begin.

Update: 1:05 p.m.

Representatives of Virginia's 11 Indian tribes perform a ceremonial dance to confer blessings on the new governor.

Update: 1:04 p.m.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, urging progress through consensus, says that in four years he is confident that the next governor will lead a commonwealth that has expanded economic opportunity and maintained a reputation for strong fiscal management.

He says the next governor will lead a commonwealth that has stood for equal opportunity and led in a manner worthy of Virginia.

McAuliffe says identifying roadblocks such as partisanship and score-settling is easy, but the test of his commitment to finding common ground and consensus will be his actions in office.

Quoting Thomas Jefferson, McAuliffe says leadership requires compromising of opinion.

He says political progress in a divided government is a trend that must continue in Virginia.

Update: 1 p.m.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's greatest challenge -- and his top priority -- is building and maintaining a diversified economy.

He says he has traveled the commonwealth and visited with hard-working Virginians who worry about feeding and educating their children and retiring with security.

He said his administration will work tirelessly to make sure opportunities are available to Virginians irrespective of their region.

He also reaches out to gays and lesbians, saying opportunities should not depend on "who you love."

He says Virginia must be "open and welcoming" to immigrants.

Update: 12:56 p.m.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says in his inaugural address that community colleges are key to Virginia's prosperity.

He says Virginians expect transparency and that lawmakers must take care to avoid conflicts.

He says he will sign an executive order today barring himself and his family from accepting gifts worth more than $100.

He says he will urge legislators to adopt higher standards on ethics rules.

Update: 12:53 p.m.

"This Capitol, where I stand today" reminds us of the durability of Virginia and what Virginia overcame, Gov. Terry McAuliffe says in his inaugural address.

A resilient commonwealth has endured the recession by emphasizing business growth and education, he says.

McAuliffe praises outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling for building consensus on transportation.

The governor says political gridlock will not mar his tenure.

"Virginia, together we will prove them wrong again," McAuliffe says.

Update: 12:45 p.m.

Cynthia Kinser, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia swears in Terry McAuliffe as the 72nd governor of Virginia.

Update: 12:43 p.m.

Retired Judge Glen A. Tyler swears in Ralph Northam as lieutenant governor.

Update: 12:41 p.m.

Retired Judge Thomas D. Horne swears in Mark R. Herring as attorney general.

Update: 12:38 p.m.

The Rev. Beverly Ashburn, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Newport News, presented the invocation.

Terry McAuliffe's son, Jack, a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, led  the pledge of allegiance.

Sophia Nadder, an 11-year-old Chesterfield County girl, sang the national anthem.

Sophia did the honors at several big events last year, including the VCU-Butler basketball game at the Siegel Center on March 2; the Richmond Flying Squirrels' April 4 home opener; the June 27 Arizona Diamondbacks-Washington Nationals game; and the Sept. 6 Nationwide NASCAR race in Richmond.

The World Children's Choir, based in Falls Church, sang "America the Beautiful."

Update:12:27 p.m.

The Virginia State University Gospel Chorale sings "God Bless America."

Appropriately on this rainy day, it starts with the rarely heard first verse, which begins: "As storm clouds gather..."

The much-honored group performed last year on "America's Got Talent."

Update: 12:24 p.m.

Cheers go up as House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights, announces Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe,  Attorney General-Elect Mark Herring, Lt. Governor-elect Ralph Northam and their families.

McAuliffe and new first lady Dorothy McAuliffe -- resplendent in red outfit and matching hat -- beam and wave to the crowd.

Minutes earlier, the crowd cheered as former President Bill Clinton took his seat.

Update: 12:10 p.m.

Outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell has presented the key to the Executive Mansion to new Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Bob and Maureen McDonnell exchanged hugs with McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy. McDonnell warmly greeted the McAuliffes and their children. McAuliffe then thanked McDonnell for his help with the transition and wished him well.

McDonnell joked that he wanted to present "the key to the Executive Mansion, something you will never need." The outgoing governor then told McAuliffe that serving as governor will be the professional highlight of McAuliffe's life.

McDonnell said he is honored to turn over the key to "another Irish-Catholic family with five kids."

Timothy M. Kaine was Virginia's first Roman Catholic governor. McAuliffe will be the third in a row.

Update: 11:40 a.m.

Inauguration Day began on a somber note. At the prayer breakfast at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Gov. elect Terry McAuliffe expressed condolences over the death of an area sergeant for the Virginia State Police who died in a single-vehicle crash overnight.

The Virginia State Police reports that Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi drove an unmarked patrol car, a Chevrolet Impala that crashed into a road sign in Henry County.

He was transported to Martinsville Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later.

Update: 11:28

As the next governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general arrive at Capitol Square, veteran political analyst Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia adds some historic meteorological perspective.

He tweets:

At inaugural ceremonies for McAuliffe in Richmond. Worst weather and smallest crowd since I started attending in 1966.

Update: 11:23

No, that's not a ceremonial cannon at the South Portico. It's thunder. The next governor heads to a Capitol shrouded in pouring rain.

Update: 11:18

Sen. Mark R. Warner just tweeted a photo of himself with four other former Virginia governors: Charles S. Robb, Gerald L. Baliles, L. Douglas Wilder and Jim Gilmore.

They're all smiles on inauguration day.

Update: 11:10 a.m.

As rain falls on the South Portico at the Capitol, volunteers hand out ponchos to guests.

Del. Jennifer McClellan, head of the Inaugural Committee, reports that members are heading to the Jefferson Hotel to pick up Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam and Mark Herring for the trip to the Capitol.

Update: 11 a.m.

As high-profile guests arrive for the ceremonies, including Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., facial injuries did not keep two other notable Democrats away.

Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-3rd, recently broke his jaw while playing tennis. Del. Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack, certified Friday as the nine-vote winner of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's state Senate seat, cut himself while shaving this morning.

Update: 10:35 a.m.

Eight of Virginia's nine living former governors attended the inauguration.

They are Bob McDonnell, Timothy M. Kaine, Mark R. Warner, Jim Gilmore, George Allen, L. Douglas Wilder, Gerald L. Baliles and Charles S. Robb. Former Gov. Linwood Holton, 90, apparently was not present for the rainy ceremony.

McAuliffe will be Virginia's 72nd governor, but Virginia actually has had more chief executives. Royal governors, provisional governors and acting governors don't count in the total.

Three of Virginia's 72 governors were future presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler.

Two of the 72 were fathers of future presidents: John Tyler Sr. and Benjamin Harrison, the father of President William Henry Harrison.

Robert E. Lee's father,  Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee and his nephew, Fitzhugh Lee, are among the 72 governors.

Four Virginia governors are counted twice because they served nonconsecutive terms: Patrick Henry, Monroe, William "Extra Billy" Smith and Mills E. Godwin.

Update: 10:25 a.m.

A foggy morning is greeting the thousands who have come to witness the noon swearing in of Terry McAuliffe as Virginia's 72nd governor, Ralph Northam as its 40th lieutenant governor and Mark R. Herring as its 55th attorney general.

Outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell tweeted a message of support to the new governor: I wish the very best to @TerryMcAuliffe and his team – In a few hours he gets the best job in world: serving the people of Virginia.

McAuliffe already has addressed a prayer breakfast at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Capitol Square, where he said "all boats will rise" in his administration.

At the South Portico of the state Capitol, where McAuliffe takes office around noon, the reserved seats for former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- longtime friends of the new governor -- will provide no shelter from the rain.

Other prominent Democrats to attend the ceremony included Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.


Terry McAuliffe will today be sworn in as Virginia’s 72nd governor in a ceremony on the South Portico of the state Capitol.

Several thousand people are expected to watch McAuliffe take the oath of office around noon, ushering in Democratic control of the three statewide offices after Republican rule for the past four years.

The day is full of pomp and tradition, including a parade after the swearing-in of McAuliffe, Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam and Attorney General-elect Mark Herring.

Security will be tight — former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, friends of McAuliffe, are expected to attend — and many roads around the Capitol will be closed.

The weather appears uncooperative and umbrellas will be allowed onto Capitol grounds, a change from previous plans.

There is a likelihood of heavy rain and possibly thunder and lightning, forecasters say.

Light rain this morning could be followed by moderate to heavy rain from early afternoon to early evening, said Dan Proch, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

At noon, the time for the swearing-in ceremony, “you’re right on the edge of some of the heaviest rainfall,” Proch said.

The area could see thunder and lightning in the afternoon and early evening. That is more likely in southeastern Virginia, but there is also a chance in Richmond, Proch said.

Members of the public attending the inaugural ceremony may bring an umbrella to their seats, but guests on the stands could be asked to lower the umbrella for the swearing-in ceremony. Inaugural organizers say they will provide ponchos for guests.

Inaugurations are held outdoors even in unpleasant conditions, explains G. Paul Nardo, clerk of the House of Delegates. If circumstances become unsafe, the ceremony would be relocated to the House chamber, though it is “highly unlikely” and has not been done before.

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Staff writer Rex Springston contributed to this report.

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