Andy Beshear sworn in as Kentucky governor

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Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller, foreground left, gives the oath of office to Andy Beshear to become the state’s governor in Frankfort, Ky., early Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Holding the Bible is Beshear’s wife, Britainy (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, Pool)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Democrat Andy Beshear was sworn in as Kentucky’s governor during a private ceremony early Tuesday, just after midnight in the Governor’s Mansion.

Joel Benowit, operations branch manager for finance facilities, hangs a name plaque for Kentucky’s Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear over the Governor’s Office in the Capitol Building shortly after his private swearing-in ceremony, early Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Frankfort, Ky. (Bryan Woolston/Pool Photo via AP)

Beshear follows in the footsteps of his father, Steve Beshear, whose two terms as governor preceded the one four-year term of Republican Matt Bevin. Beshear defeated Bevin in last month’s election, overcoming the bluegrass state’s GOP leanings and Bevin’s ties to President Donald Trump with a disciplined campaign that stuck to “kitchen-table” issues that he said mattered most to Kentuckians.

Jacqueline Coleman raises her hand as her husband, Jack Coleman, holds the Bible while Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller, left, gives the oath of office to Coleman to become lieutenant governor, in Frankfort, Ky., early Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, Pool)

The middle-of-the-night swearing is customary in Kentucky, to ensure continuity at the head of state government.

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(This story was originally published on December 10, 2019)

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