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Inauguration 2016: Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Inaugurations



Genre: Event

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-01-11

Duration: 02:00:21

Subjects: Louisiana gubernatorial inauguration, 2016 | INAUGURATIONS | Politics | Government | Louisiana State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.) | Edwards, John Bel | SCHEDLER, TOM | Landry, Jeff | Kennedy, John Neely | STRAIN, MIKE | DONELON, JIM | Nungesser, Billy, 1959-


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Spires, Kelly Reporter
  • Scott, Robert Travis Reporter
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Foster, Mike Speaker
  • Blanco, Kathleen Speaker
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Hawthorne, Jim Speaker
  • Holmes, Nancy Armstrong Performer
  • O'Brien, Richard Speaker
  • Wood, Rodney Speaker
  • Schedler, Tom Speaker
  • Landry, Jeff Speaker
  • Kennedy, John Speaker
  • Strain, Mike Speaker
  • Donelon, Jim Speaker
  • Loewry, Robert H. Speaker
  • Nungesser, Billy Speaker
  • Starkel, Murray Speaker
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Beard, Mark Speaker
  • Mangun, Mickey Performer
  • West Point Glee Club Performer


Beth Courtney, Shauna Sanford, and Charlie Whinham host live coverage of the inauguration of Governor John Bel Edwards from the State Capitol in Baton Rouge on January 11, 2016. It features highlights from the inauguration ceremony led by master of ceremonies Jim Hawthorne, including: a performance of the National Anthem by Nancy Armstrong Holmes of Greater King David Baptist Church; the Pledge of Allegiance led by Richard O’Brien; the invocation by Reverend Rodney Wood of Mission Foundation; the swearing-in of Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Treasurer John Kennedy, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, and Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon; a prayer of hope by Rabbi Robert H. Loewry of Congregation Gates of Prayer; the swearing-in of Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser; the inaugural address of Lieutenant Governor Nungesser; the inaugural prayer by Reverend Samuel Tolbert, the president of the National Baptist Convention; the Governor’s Introduction by retired Lieutenant Colonel Murray Starkel; the swearing-in of Governor Edwards; the inaugural address of Governor Edwards; the benediction by Father Mark Beard of St. Helena Catholic Church; a performance of “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America” by Mickey Mangun; and a special performance by the West Point Glee Club. The coverage also includes: political analysis by Kelly Connelly Spires and Robert Travis Scott of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana; an interview with Governor Edwards; a look back at past inaugurations; and a biography of Edwards.