JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson was sworn in as 57th Governor of the State of Missouri at the 2021 Bicentennial Inauguration at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 11.
The ceremony was held on the South Lawn of the Capitol building in Jefferson City.
Judge Sarah A. Castle proceeded over the swearing in of Gov. Parson for a full term.
The Bible used for the ceremony was a gift given to the governor by First Lady Teresa Parson.
Other family members also participated in the event.
Dr. Jonathan House, son-in-law of Governor Parson, and Alicia House, granddaughter of Governor Parson, performed the National Anthem.
The invocation was delivered by Dr. Ray Leininger, Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church in Bolivar, the Most Reverend Bishop Shawn McKnight delivered the benediction and Scripture readings were recited by Rabbi Yosef David and Pastor John Modest Miles of Morning Star Baptist Church in Kansas City.
Musical selections were performed by the 135th Missouri Army National Guard Band and Missouri State University Chorale performed musical selections.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by former Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) student and current Missouri S&T student John Sanders.
A 19-gun salute was also performed by the Missouri National Guard during the inauguration ceremony.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft, and Attorney General Eric Schmitt were also sworn in during the inauguration ceremony.
The inauguration ceremony concluded with a special salute to Missouri to signify its entry as the 24th state in the United States 200 years ago.
Approximately 2,000 guests attended the ceremony.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry congratulated Gov. Mike Parson on his inauguration.
“This inauguration day comes as Missouri is facing historic challenges as we work to contain COVID-19 and rebuild our economy, “ said Daniel P. Mehan, president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber. “While this is an incredibly difficult time to be governor, we place our trust in Gov. Mike Parson. He has demonstrated a unique ability to focus state government on the things that matter most to improving our future — preparing our workforce, investing in our infrastructure and combatting this global pandemic. The Missouri Chamber is proud to stand beside Gov. Parson in these efforts and we offer our full support as he continues this work.”
In preparation for the inauguration, a two prayer services were held in Gov. Parson’s hometown of Boliver over the weekend.
The services included speakers from local churches and music from the Southwest Baptist University Band.