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Inauguration 2020: 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: 2020-01-13

Duration: 02:19:15

Subjects: Louisiana gubernatorial inauguration, 2020 | INAUGURATIONS | Schroder, John M. | STRAIN, MIKE | DONELON, JIM | Nungesser, Billy, 1959- | Politics | Government | Louisiana State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.) | Edwards, John Bel | Ardoin, Kyle | Landry, Jeff


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Erwin, Barry Host
  • Treen, Dave Speaker
  • Edwards, Edwin Speaker
  • Roemer, Buddy Speaker
  • Foster, Mike Speaker
  • Blanco, Kathleen Speaker
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Edwards, John Bel Interviewee
  • Hoffman, Frank Speaker
  • West Point Glee Club Performer
  • O'Brien, Richard Speaker
  • Wood, Rodney Speaker
  • Ardoin, Kyle Speaker
  • Landry, Jeff Speaker
  • Schroder, John Speaker
  • Mangun, Anthony Speaker
  • Strain, Mike Speaker
  • Donelon, Jim Speaker
  • Weinstein, Barry Speaker
  • Nungesser, Billy Speaker
  • Tolbert, Samuel Speaker
  • Borne, Dan Speaker
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Johnson, Bernette Speaker
  • Beard, Mark Speaker
  • Whitfield, Lynn Speaker
  • Centenary College Choir Performer
  • Grambling State University Choir Performer
  • Southern University Choir Performer


Beth Courtney, Andre Moreau, and Barry Erwin host live coverage of the inauguration of Governor John Bel Edwards from the State Capitol in Baton Rouge on January 13, 2020. It features highlights from the inauguration ceremony led by master of ceremonies Frank Hoffman, including: a performance of the National Anthem by the West Point Glee Club; the Pledge of Allegiance led by Richard O’Brien; the invocation by Reverend Rodney Wood of the Mission Foundation; the swearing-in of Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, Attorney General Jeff Landry, and State Treasurer John Schroder; a prayer of grace by Reverend Anthony Mangun of the Pentecostals of Alexandria; the swearing-in of Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain and Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon; a prayer of praise by Rabbi Barry Weinstein; 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 Dan Borne; the swearing-in of Governor Edwards by Chief Justice Bernette Johnson; the inaugural address of Governor Edwards; the benediction by Father Mark Beard of St. Helena Catholic Church; a performance of “Order My Steps in Your Word” and “Total Praise” by the combined choirs from Centenary College of Louisiana, Grambling State University, and Southern University; actress Lynn Whitfield reciting the poem “Continue” by Maya Angelou; and a performance of the “Armed Forces Medley” and “America the Beautiful” by the West Point Glee Club. The coverage also includes: a report on the elections of Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page Cortez; a look back at past inaugurations; and an interview with Governor Edwards. Please note that the inaugural ceremony took place on the same day as the College Football Playoff National Championship Game between LSU and Clemson at the Superdome in New Orleans.