Last year, much of the United States breathed a sigh of consolation. In November 2021, Glenn Youngkin became the first Republican to win a Virginia governor’s race in more than ten years.
Glenn Youngkin ran against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who previously served as Virginia’s governor.
During the campaign, McAuliffe came under fire for dismissing parents’ roles in their children’s education. It also didn’t help McAuliffe’s case that he was found spreading fake information about Youngkin using Facebook ads.
At the end of the day, however, Youngkin was the victor of the race.
On Saturday, the Republican was officially sworn in as the 74th governor of Virginia, along with Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears, as reported by Fox News.
The 74th Governor of Virginia
Following the Republican governor’s inauguration, he spoke to the people of the commonwealth from the Virginia State Capitol. Youngkin expressed that his governorship would bring a new day for all Virginia residents.
In his remarks, Governor Youngkin made a pledge to get politics out of education, increase teachers’ salaries, shield police officers with qualified immunity, and more.
On Inauguration Day, the most diverse leadership in Commonwealth history stood together in prayer. Today, we sent a message to all Virginians that our Commonwealth is big enough for all of our hopes and dreams. pic.twitter.com/COwaICMsqj
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) January 15, 2022
The 74th governor of Virginia additionally spoke of tax reductions and rolling back regulations.
In so doing, Governor Youngkin explained these reforms would pave the way for hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the commonwealth and more Virginia residents returning to employment.
Later, during the governor’s speech, he noted the high levels of voter turnout that transpired in Virginia in November, turnout that prompted his election.
Reflecting on Youngkin’s Victory in Virginia
Conservatives and Republicans nationwide were very content with the Virginia governor’s success in flipping the commonwealth red. As Youngkin did what many Republicans before him failed to accomplish, his victory has garnered a lot of attention.
Youngkin’s win was engendered by the grassroots approach that he took in running for office. The now-governor was on the road during his candidacy, speaking with voters across the state.
I have just taken the oath of office to serve the people of the Commonwealth and to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia. #EverForward #semperfi #Virginia #Winsome pic.twitter.com/HsoaOO2RE3
— Winsome Sears (@WinsomeSears) January 15, 2022
Then-candidate Youngkin also managed to speak to the hearts of Virginia voters by tapping into the issues that matter most to them. In the commonwealth, education was a centerpiece topic that voters cared about.
Youngkin’s decision to commit to prioritizing the role parents should have in their kids’ education was a welcome relief from the dismissive disposition of McAuliffe and other Democrats.
In fact, the 74th governor of Virginia run such a successful campaign that he was even able to get crossover support from residents of the commonwealth who cast ballots for Biden in 2020.
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