Nixon: Inauguration day a time to reflect

Second inauguration to note adversity Missouri has overcome, challenges it faces

In this January 2009 file photo, Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon takes his first Oath of Office for Missouri governor, administered by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith at the Capitol. Nixon's wife, Georganne and their sons, Jeremiah and Will, right, held the family Bible during the 2009 oath. Nixon's new term begins with his second inaugural ceremony Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

In this January 2009 file photo, Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon takes his first Oath of Office for Missouri governor, administered by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith at the Capitol. Nixon's wife, Georganne and their sons, Jeremiah and Will, right, held the family Bible during the 2009 oath. Nixon's new term begins with his second inaugural ceremony Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

For the first time in 16 years — and only the fourth time in Missouri history — Monday’s inaugural ceremonies will feature an incumbent governor taking the oath for a second term.

“It’s certainly different” from four years ago, Gov. Jay Nixon told the News Tribune. “But, while it is perhaps not as unique or exciting, (the second term) has the real possibility, for me, to be much more substantial.

“Because each and every day in this job, if you do it correctly, you get a higher and broader perch to look at the difficult issues.”

Nixon said he’s gratified voters gave him a second term — especially in an era when many elections around the country saw voters replace incumbents.

His re-election is a time to look into the past, he said. He noted that Monday’s inauguration is like the previous ones — a “festive but traditional” recognition of “the traditional, peaceful passing of power in a democracy, and there’s a certain level of formality, of pomp and circumstance.”

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All Inaugural events are open to the public. Detailed information can be found at www.mo.gov/inauguration.

View the 11:15 a.m. ceremony online at www.mo.gov/live.

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