Nevada Inauguration 2019: a significant day in state political history

by Brian Bahouth

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak giving his inauguration speech on January 7, 2019 - image - Brian Bahouth.

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.

Student artists Sydney Larsen and Cooper Sandoval won the governor’s inauguration art contest and led the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve was the master of ceremonies – image – Brian Bahouth.

The Pledge of Allegiance

Reverend Renlda James is a Paiute elder and gave the invocation.

Renelda James is a Paiute elder – image – Brian Bahouth.

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.

Constitutional officers

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.

Associate Nevada Justice James Hardesty administered the oath of office to the newly elected constitutional officers, left to right, 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.

Governor

Associate Nevada Justice James Hardesty swore in Steve Sisolak as the 30th governor of Nevada.

Associate Nevada Justice James Hardesty administers the oath of office to Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak – image Brian Bahouth.

Hear Steve Sisolak become the governor of Nevada.

Hear Governor Sisolak’s emotional inauguration speech.

As many as 1,000 people gathered in front of the Nevada State Capitol for the inauguration of Steve Sisolak as governor, three Supreme Court Justices and six constitutional officers – image – Brian Bahouth.
Left to right – Las Vegas Democrat Jason Frierson is Speaker of the Nevada Assembly, and Las Vegas Democrat Kelvin Atkinson is Senate Majority Leader – image – Brian Bahouth.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak weeps during his inauguration speech. Seated are outgoing Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and his wife Lauralyn McCarthy – image – Brian Bahouth.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak – image – Brian Bahouth.
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve – image – Brian Bahouth.
The wife of Nevada State Treasurer Zach Connine, Layke Martin – image – Brian Bahouth.
Carley and Ashley Sisolak, daughters of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. Governor Sisolak’s mother Mary on the far right – image – Brian Bahouth.
Mark Amodei is a member of the US House of Representatives and represents Nevada’s Congressional District 2 – image – Brian Bahouth.
Left to right – outgoing Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Sandoval’s wife Lauralyn McCarthy, new Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and his wife Kathy Sisolak – image – Brian Bahouth.
Brigadier General William R. Burks is the Adjutant General for the State of Nevada – image – Brian Bahouth.
Left to right – outgoing Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Sandoval’s wife Lauralyn McCarthy, new Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and his wife Kathy Sisolak – image – Brian Bahouth.
Left to right – Layke Martin, wife of new Nevada State Treasurer Zach Connine (center), and Associate Nevada Justice James W. Hardesty.
Outgoing Nevada Governor, Republican Brian Sandoval and incoming governor, Democrat Steve Sisolak – image – Brian Bahouth.