Beebe Sworn In as Governor


JANUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 2:31 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Next up for Governor Mike Beebe is the inaugural ball.

Beebe was sworn in today as Arkansas' 45th governor, taking an oath that completed a journey that took him from the tiny Jackson County town of Amagon to a 20-year career in the state Senate and finally the governor's office.

In his inaugural address given at the state Capitol steps, the Arkansas State University graduate told about 2,000 audience members that hard times do not have to be a part of life in Arkansas.

Tonight, Beebe and his wife Ginger will greet guests at the inaugural ball at the Statehouse Convention Center.  Tomorrow, Beebe gets to work.  He will address a joint session of the House and Senate and put forth specific proposals for his agenda.

Beebe, a Democrat, said he is eager to work with legislators and called for a spirit of cooperation in state government.

JANUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 11:03 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Mike Beebe has been sworn in as the 45th Arkansas governor.

Beebe, who is 60, is taking the next step on a journey that began with his birth in the tiny northeast Arkansas community of Amagon (Jackson Co.), where he was raised by a single mother.  Beebe, a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, served 20 years in the Arkansas Senate and rose four years ago to state attorney general.

The Democrat told a packed House chamber that he wouldn't be making a speech.  He noted he has an address planned for noon, and another one for tomorrow.

Beebe said he will need cooperation from the Legislature to govern.  He said "We are in this together."

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

JANUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 7:23 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Mike Beebe's first day as Arkansas' 45th governor will begin with a church service today.  He expects to end with a midnight breakfast at a trendy downtown Little Rock restaurant.

Beebe will attend a service at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock before being sworn in as governor in the House chamber.  He will make an inaugural address at noon on the state Capitol steps.  The Jackson County native (Amagon) and graduate of Newport High School and Arkansas State University says he will provide more details about his legislative agenda in speaking before the Legislature tomorrow.

The inaugural ball tonight will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.  At least 3,400 people are expected to attend.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)