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Terry McAuliffe Sworn In As Virginia's 72nd Governor

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RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) - Democrat Terry McAuliffe was sworn in as Virginia's 72nd governor Saturday during a rain-soaked ceremony in Richmond.

It is a new beginning for Virginia, and for McAuliffe, who now holds his first elected office.

In his first speech as governor, the Democrat made clear he's ready for the job, and ready to work together with Republicans.

“Like four years ago, the skeptics are predicting divided government driven to gridlock by partisanship,” McAuliffe says. “Virginia, together, we will prove them wrong again.”

It has become one of this governor's favorite talking points, but McAuliffe insists he’s ready to walk the walk, and wants skeptics to come along.

“The test of my commitment to finding common ground in Virginia will not be a speech at an inauguration; it will be my actions in office,” he says. “And I expect those who did not support me in November to hold me to my word.”

In his first address as governor, McAuliffe called on lawmakers to work with him on ethics reform, strengthening the economy, and helping Virginia's 840,000 veterans. Challenges, he says, that won't be solved alone.

“Thomas Jefferson wrote from Monticello, ‘A government held together by the bands of reason only, requires much compromise of opinion.’ Common ground doesn't move towards us, we move towards it,” he says. “I will work to live up to that tradition.”

McAuliffe wasted little time getting to work. The governor immediately signed four executive orders, including one that imposes a cap on gifts to himself and his family.

Virginia's new first family celebrated Saturday night at an inaugural ball in Richmond.

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