Inauguration Day: Governor Bentley sworn in for second term in office

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley addresses the crowd at the State Capitol after he is sworn in to his second term in office. (Jan. 19, 2015)

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley addresses the crowd at the State Capitol after he is sworn in to his second term in office. (Jan. 19, 2015)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley took the oath of office Monday morning in Montgomery to officially begin his second term as Alabama’s chief executive. Other state officials were sworn in as well.

In his inaugural address, he talked about the accomplishments of the past four years but also the challenges that lie ahead.  Governor Bentley also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve again.

“I love this state. I love the people of this state. You have asked me to continue to serve you, to be your Governor. And I want to Thank you, Alabama, from the bottom of my heart,” Gov. Bentley said.  “I will work hard everyday to honor the trust you’ve given me.  And I challenge each elected official to do the same.”

After the governor's address, the inaugural parade followed down Montgomery's Dexter Avenue, complete with marching bands and Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer riding a Segway.

There is a full day of events scheduled.  However, the rest of the festivities are expected to be a bit more low-key this time around.

Governor Bentley's re-election saw none of the drama of the first campaign when he took a lot of people by surprise.

In fact, this race was called as soon as the polls closed November 4 with the governor soundly defeating challenger Parker Griffith of Huntsville.

The governor and first lady will host a casual public party this afternoon at the Cramton Bowl Mutliplex.

Instead of an inaugural ball, there will be a smaller, ticketed black-tie celebration this evening.

WHNT News 19's Al Whitaker is in Montgomery to cover the inauguration day festivities.  Watch coverage throughout the day on WHNT.com and in our newscasts.