Ralph Northam sworn in as Virginia governor

Ralph Northam sworn in as Virginia governor
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Democrat Ralph Northam was sworn in as Virginia's governor in Richmond on Saturday, roughly two months after he won the state's gubernatorial race in what was viewed as a referendum on President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran Trump asking aides whether he should proceed with North Korea summit: report Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all MORE.

“The guiding principle of this administration will be simple: we will work together to make our Commonwealth work better for all Virginians, no matter who they are or where they’re from," Northam said in his inaugural address. 

 

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Democrat Justin Fairfax was also sworn in as lieutenant governor on Saturday, while state Attorney General Mark Herring (D) was sworn in for a second term. 

Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie by nearly 9 points in November in a result that left Democrats confident heading into this year's midterm elections.

Gillespie failed to distance himself from Trump, who suffered from low approval ratings in the state, during the campaign.

The former lieutenant governor replaces former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).