RICHMOND, Va. (UKTN) — A weekend of pomp and circumstance is underway in Richmond as newly elected Republican leaders in Virginia are set to take office.
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin, Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares and Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears will be sworn in Saturday afternoon in an outdoor ceremony in front of the historic state Capitol.
The moment will open a new chapter of governance in a state where Democrats have spent the past two years in full control.
Youngkin, a former private equity executive and political newcomer, is due to deliver remarks after being sworn in as the state’s 74th governor.
He beat former Gov. Terry McAuliffe last year by mobilizing voters concerned about education and race while making small gains from suburban voters and other key groups to help his party rebound in a Long blue trend condition.
Both Miyares and Sears will go down in history – the former as the first Latino to hold that office and Sears as the first woman of color to hold a statewide office.
A traditional inaugural parade will begin after the ceremony. Attendees will include members of the Virginia National Guard, Virginia college and high school students, NASA representatives and law enforcement officers, according to Youngkin’s transition team.
A celebration is scheduled for Saturday night with a performance by the Zac Brown Band.
The first of Youngkin’s inaugural weekend events began Friday morning, when the governor-elect took part in a service event with local officials, helping to lay out an area along the Richmond Slave Trail, a tribute to the role essential that the city played in the domestic slave trade. .
On Friday evening, General Assembly members hosted a welcome reception at a downtown hotel before a $10,000 candlelight reception and dinner party at a science museum.
A prayer breakfast was scheduled for Saturday morning before the inauguration, and the weekend was to end on Sunday with an open house at the executive mansion.