Austin (Nexstar) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will be sworn into office Tuesday morning for their third term in office as part of a series of celebrations throughout the day.
Abbott will again be sworn in as governor at 11 a.m. at the Texas Capitol. His third term comes after a decisive victory over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in the 2022 midterm elections by 11 points. The Republican has been primarily involved in strengthening border security, public safety, and criticizing President Joe Biden regarding the economy and inflation.
While a governor’s inaugural address is likely to touch on similar issues, it differs markedly from a statewide address. Tuesday’s ceremonies are mostly celebratory, punctuated by pomp and inauguration circumstances filled with live music, bipartisanship, and the pride of the Lone Star State.
Patrick will be sworn in around 11:30 am. He also quickly defeated his electoral challenger, Democratic businessman Mike Collier, to one of the most powerful positions in Texas politics by a double-digit margin. Patrick, who presides over the Senate, has a great influence on the policies of the Texas legislature.
The inaugural celebrations began on Monday with a Catholic Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in the city centre. The Tuesday celebration at Christ Church on University Avenue began with a prayer service at 9:00 am. The festivities will include lunch with vendors from across the state, with tents called “Taste of Texas” on the Capitol grounds.
There are no term limits in the Lone Star State.