Youngkin’s opening theme is “Together Strengthening the Spirit of Virginia”. Several receptions will take place before the opening ceremony at the State Capitol in Richmond. Some of those events include a prayer breakfast, dinner at the Science Museum of Virginia, and a ladies tea hosted by visiting Virginia’s first lady, Susan Youngkin. Immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, there will be a parade where the participants of the parade will march from Capitol Square.
“The theme for Opening Weekend celebrates the spirit of Virginia – one brimming with a rich history, but an even more exciting future as Virginia is one of the best places to live, work and raise a family, making Virginia the best place to live.” Let’s come together,” said the governor-elect and the first lady to come.
His predecessor, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Friday in anticipation of a storm to hit the state later this week. Youngkin spokesman Macaulay Porter said the elected governor has received briefings from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and “is actively coordinating with them on procedures for the coming season.”
During the campaign, the 55-year-old ran on a “Day One” game plan that included eliminating Virginia’s grocery tax, removing the parole board, and building new charter schools, among other pledges.
The elected governor has spent the past several weeks announcing key roles in his administration. The most high-profile picks include Andrew Wheeler, the former Environmental Protection Agency administrator under the Trump administration for Secretary of Natural Resources. Wheeler has already faced resistance from Virginia Democrats.
Youngkin’s victory in November marked a dramatic turnaround in the fortunes of Virginia Republicans, just a year after President Joe Biden won the state by 10 points. The party will now control the governor’s mansion, the lieutenant governor’s office, the attorney general’s office and the House of Delegates. Republicans across the country may try to replicate his campaign strategy of distancing themselves from Trump in the 2022 midterm elections. He won praise for his ability to win a heavily Democratic state by focusing on education and public safety at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association in November. Republicans are defending 20 governorships this year and expect progress in the Blue States.
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