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Ron DeSantis sworn in as Florida’s 46th Governor

Ronald Dion DeSantis placed his hand on a Bible and took the oath as Florida’s 46th governor just before 12 p.m. on Tuesday. Following the dramatic 19-gun salute and Florida National Guard flyover, DeSantis then took to the podium to deliver his speech, which was laced with nautical metaphors, and called for unity but also emphasized the staunch conservative pillars on which he was elected.
Florida's 46th Governor Ron DeSantis, right, shares a laugh with his wife Casey, left, and their son Mason, right, during his inauguration at the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, Tuesday, January 8, 2019. SCOTT KEELER | Times
Published Jan. 8
Updated Jan. 8
The rising sun makes Florida's historic Old Capitol glow pink in the early morning before the inauguration of Florida's 46th Governor Ron DeSantis, Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Florida's 46th Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd, Tuesday, January 8, in front of Florida's Old Capitol during his inauguration.

“I take the helm of the ship of state as a Florida native, as a veteran of our nation’s military, conscious of my own deficiencies, mindful of the great trust that has been placed in me and thankful to so many of you who have prayed for me,” DeSantis said in the opening of his speech.

A military fly over the Old Capitol in Tallahassee proceeded the swearing in of Florida's 46th Governor Ron DeSantis, Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Left to Right: Florida Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady, swears in the 46th Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, right, as his wife Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis looks on with their son, Mason, center,Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Florida's Old Capitol in Tallahassee.
Protesters cross Apalachee Parkway before the inauguration ceremony of Florida's 46th Governor Ron DeSantis in Tallahassee, Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Smoke fills Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee as the Florida National Guard salutes Florida's new Governor Ron DeSantis after he was sworn in at the Old Capitol, Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Former Florida Governors Bob Graham, Bob Martinez, and Jeb Bush are acknowledged to the crowd during the inauguration in Tallahassee. Adele Graham, wife of Bob Graham, stands next to her husband.
New Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses members of the Florida Legislature during a luncheon on the fourth floor rotunda of the Capitol, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Tallahassee after DeSantis was sworn in.
Left to Right: Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez, and Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, toast each other with Florida orange juice during a luncheon in the Florida Capitol, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Tallahassee.
Florida's 46th Governor Ron DeSantis was sworn in Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in front of Florida's Old Capitol in Tallahassee.

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