Below is a gallery of 19 photos from Gov. Larry Hogan’s second inauguration, most of them posted on the governor’s Facebook page and taken by the photographers of the Governor’s Press Office. Click on the arrow at right to move ahead.
Inaugural Day started with an interdenominational prayer service at historic St. Mary’s church.
The nave of St. Mary’s where prayers were offered by an archbishop, a rabbi, ministers and an imam.
Father Eric Hoog, in the traditional Redemptorist habit, greets Gov. Hogan.
After the prayer service, Gov. Hogan talked to about 30 members of the press outside the State House. Snow was falling at his first inaugural in 2015. This time, the governor joked about a minor earthquake that took place Tuesday night off the coast of Ocean City. “We’re always stirring things up,” he said. MarylandReporter.com photo by Diane Rey
Gov. Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan are escorted from Government House.
The heads of the State Police and the National Guard escort the governor in through a line of police from various agencies.
Senate Majority Leader Guy Guzzone, left, laughs with the governor as they wait in the Senate lounge for the swearing-in. Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings is behind the governor. and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford to the right.
The official swearing-in actually takes place in the Senate chamber.
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera does the honors.
Jodi Taylor, left, of Timonium, and Ruth Jacobs, right, of Glen Arm, watch the swearing-in ceremony on a TV monitor outside the Maryland Senate Chamber. The two took the day off from work Wed. to spend it in Annapolis. Taylor said she was “thrilled” a moderate Republican could win re-election “in such a Democratic state.” MarylandReporter.com photo by Diane Rey
Nine-year-old Rachel Harris, of Frederick, attended the inauguration ceremony with her parents, Brian and Lillian Harris. She said she was excited to wait in line to shake the governor’s hand afterward — but first she wanted to make a video to show her friends. Youth were represented at Wednesday’s ceremony — Lt. Gov. Rutherford’s daughters introduced him, and Gov. Larry Hogan’s six-year-old granddaughter, Daniella Velez, led the Pledge of Allegiance. MarylandReporter.com photo by Diane Rey
The swearing-in is re-enacted outdoors in a view facing Maryland Ave.
Before the swearing-in, in the Governor’s Reception Room., from left, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, Veterans Affairs secretary George Owings, who servced both governors in that position; Gov. Hogan, and former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. Both Rutherford and Hogan served in Ehrlich’s cabinet.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush introduced Gov. Hogan at the outdoor ceremony.
Television news vans line up bumper to bumper along State Circle. MarylandReporter.com photo by Diane Rey
A fly-over by A-10s from the Maryland Air National Guard.
A line of people snakes around State Circle for a public reception and receiving line inside the State House that followed Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony. MarylandReporter.com photo by Diane Rey
Gov. Hogan goofed around on stage with a purple surfboard at the inaugural gala at National Harbor after a video that recalled his quip election night: “Tonight in this deep blue state, in this blue year, with a blue wave, it turns out I can surf and we had a purple surfboard.”
A jubilant Gov. Hogan thanks his family and all Marylanders at the gala.
Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board
He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009.
He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.