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Inauguration 1996: Governor Mike Foster

Louisiana Inaugurations



Genre: Event

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-01-8

Duration: 01:29:00

Subjects: Louisiana gubernatorial inauguration, 1996 | INAUGURATIONS | Politics | Louisiana's Old State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.) | Foster, Mike, Jr., 1930- | Foster, Murphy J. (Murphy James), 1849-1921 | McKeithen, W. Fox | DUNCAN, KEN | Fowler, Jerry M. | Ieyoub, Richard P. | Odom, Bob | Brown, James H. (James Harvey), 1945- | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942- | Edwards, Edwin W.


  • Duhe, Jeff Host
  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Courtney, Bob Reporter
  • Abel, Mike Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Langlois, Bryant Photographer
  • Normand, Keith Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Eaglin, Carlos Director
  • Miranda, Chris Director
  • Duhe, Jeff Associate Producer
  • Fowler, Ken Associate Producer
  • Eaglin, Carlos Associate Producer
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Tharpe, Jim Speaker
  • Battaglio, M. Performer
  • McCormack, Billy Speaker
  • Calogero, Pascal Speaker
  • Blanco, Kathleen Speaker
  • Lemmon, Harry Speaker
  • Boudreaux, Bernie Speaker
  • Foster, Mike Speaker
  • Mangun, Mickey Performer


Beth Courtney and Jeff Duhe host live coverage of the inauguration of Governor Mike Foster from the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge on January 8, 1996. It features highlights from the inauguration ceremony, including: the invocation by Dr. Jim Tharpe; the recitation of a prayer used at the 1896 inauguration of Governor Foster’s grandfather, Murphy J. Foster, by Dr. Billy McCormack; the swearing-in of Secretary of State Fox McKeithen, State Treasurer Ken Duncan, Commissioner of Elections Jerry Fowler, Attorney General Richard Ieyoub, Commissioner of Agriculture Bob Odom and Commissioner of Insurance Jim Brown by Justice Pascal Calogero; the swearing-in of Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco by Justice Harry Lemmon; Lieutenant Governor Blanco’s inaugural address; the swearing-in of Governor Mike Foster by District Attorney Bernie Boudreaux; Governor Foster’s inaugural address; and a performance of “God Bless America” by Mickey Mangun. The coverage also features a profile of Governor Foster and a report on an Old State Capitol exhibit dedicated to his grandfather, Murphy J. Foster, who served as the Governor of Louisiana from 1892-1900.