Carson City – Today just a few minutes before noon, Associate Nevada Supreme Court Justice James W. Hardesty swore in Steve Sisolak as the 30th governor of Nevada. That Sisolak is the first Democratic governor of the state in two decades is worth noting, but an event of greater historical significance occurred when Justice Hardesty swore in Aaron Ford as the first African American to hold one of Nevada’s constitutional offices as the next attorney general, and more, three female Supreme Court Justices were issued the oath of office, and now, for the first time in history, there is a female majority on the Nevada Supreme Court with 4 women and 3 men.
Below you will find 19 images from the varied ceremony along with discrete audio segments of the event.
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve was the emcee and kept events moving at a brisk pace. The weather was breezy, cloudy, and cool at 40F.
Retired Air Force Major Melissa Boshaw sang the national anthem and concluded the event with a rendition of Home Means Nevada, the state song.
US National Anthem
Home Means Nevada
Judges selected the artwork of student artists Sydney Larsen and Cooper Sandoval from more than 100 entries in the governor’s inauguration art contest. Sydney and Cooper led the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Pledge of Allegiance
Reverend Renlda James is a Paiute elder and gave the invocation.
Hear Reverend Renleda James offer the invocation in the Paiute language.
Nevada Supreme Court Justices
Associate Nevada Justice James W. Hardesty swore in three Justices to the Nevada Supreme Court. Justice Abbi Silver and Justice Elissa F. Cadish were sworn in during the inaugural ceremony this morning in Carson City. Justice Lidia S. Stiglich was also administered the oath of office but has served on the court since Governor Brian Sandoval appointed her in November 2016. Nevada voters chose to retain Justice Stiglich in the 2018 election. Adding three new female Justices tips the Nevada Supreme Court gender balance to 4 women and 3 men.
Six constitutional officers comprise the state of Nevada’s executive branch: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer and state controller. Associate Nevada Justice James Hardesty administered the oath of office to the newly elected constitutional officers, State Controller Katheryn Byrne, Treasurer Zach Connine, Attorney General Aaron Ford, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, and Lt. Governor Kate Marshall.
Hear the constitutional officers, sans the governor, take the oath of office.
Associate Nevada Justice James Hardesty swore in Steve Sisolak as the 30th governor of Nevada.