Lieutenant Governor Abramson's Communications Office
Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson Sworn In at Midnight Ceremony in Capitol Rotunda

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 13, 2011  
Revision Date:  Monday, January 23, 2012 
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

FRANKFORT, Ky.– Affirming to uphold the Kentucky Constitution and pledging that he had never fought a duel, Governor Steve Beshear was sworn in for his second consecutive term as Governor of Kentucky in a midnight ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. 

Former Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson later took the oath of office as Lt. Governor.  This is the first time he has held statewide elected office.

“I am again humbled and honored to stand here with my family and take this historic oath to serve our great Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear.  “As we begin a new term, I look forward to working with all of our leaders for the betterment of our state.”

“What an overwhelming moment – to be here in this historic Capitol, pledging to uphold Kentucky’s Constitution and work for the good of her people,” said Lt. Gov. Abramson.  “I am honored and proud to be a part of this administration, and excited to begin the work ahead.”

Gov. Beshear’s older son, Jeffrey Beshear, presided over the event.  Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham administered the oath to both men. 

The solemn ceremony included prayers from The Reverend Kevin Cosby of St. Stephen Church in Louisville, The Reverend Colette Hensley Lane of Crestwood Christian Church in Lexington, and Rabbi Stanley Miles of Temple Shalom of Louisville.  Rabbi Miles is married to Lt. Gov. Abramson’s sister, Sheilah.

The Governor’s first official duty in his second term was to sign an executive order to certify the appointment of Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini as the state’s Adjutant General.

A string trio, consisting of three alumni of the Governor’s School for the Arts, provided a musical prelude to the event.  Governor’s School for the Arts is an intensive summer residential program targeted to the needs of talented, high school-aged students who excel in visual, performing or literary arts. 

A full day of free, public events begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with the inaugural worship service at the Frankfort Convention Center.  Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Abramson will take the oaths of office again at 2 p.m. in a public ceremony on the steps of the State Capitol.