Glenn Youngkin sworn in as 74th Governor of Virginia
Glenn Youngkin was sworn in as the 74th Governor of Virginia on Saturday, becoming the first Republican to hold that post in over a dozen years.
Youngkin, who defeated Democratic challenger Terry McAuliffe in November, was sworn in shortly after noon in Richmond, the state’s capital.
The race between the two candidates — with McAuliffe vying for a second shot at the governor’s mansion after previously winning the seat in 2014 — was focused largely on contentious issues of education, the COVID pandemic, and public spending.
Youngkin’s swearing-in ends over a decade of Democratic dominance of the governor’s office in the state. The 2021 election also saw Republicans taking back control of the state Legislature’s House of Delegates.