SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS/AP) – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards was sworn in to a second term Monday morning in Baton Rouge.
The ceremony was delayed by nearly 20 minutes due to rain.
The 53-year-old Democrat kicks off his second term without the budget crises of his first four years, but with a more conservative Legislature that could create new clashes over spending.
During the speech, Edwards asked the state to pray for the families of the three people killed when a line of severe weather swept through northwest Louisiana.
The early Saturday morning storms claimed the lives of Raymond Holden in Oil City and Jerry and Mary Sue Franks in Haughton.
“Just this weekend a strong band of storms swept through the state, killing three people. And I ask that you keep their families in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time” said Gov. Edwards.
The National Weather Service in Shreveport said straight light winds caused the damage in Oil City, with maximum winds of about 80 miles per hour. The NWS said an EF2 tornado caused damage in the Haughton area.
Choirs from Grambling State University and Centenary College took part in the inauguration ceremony.
Members of the Louisiana House of Representatives and State Senate were also sworn in Monday morning.
Edwards will travel to New Orleans after the inauguration to watch LSU play Clemson in the college football championship game in the Superdome. The game prompted the cancellation of the traditional inaugural ball.
President Donald Trump will also be in New Orleans to watch the game.