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.
By Scott Keeler, Tampa Bay Times
Published Jan. 8
Updated Jan. 8
“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.