BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards braved the high noon rains, as the sun rose on his second term.
“In some cultures, rain is a sign of good luck,” he governor told hundreds outside the State Capitol building. “I’m going to accept that today.”
Edwards is Louisiana’s first Democrat to win a second-straight term since the 1970s. His remarks marked a celebration of the past four years — and a to-do list for the next four.
“I stand here in the drizzling rain, asking you to join me,” he said. “I am the very first to acknowledge that challenges remain, because there are still too many people living in poverty without adequate access to opportunities to succeed.”
The governor, noting revenue gaps filled after seven special legislative sessions last term, credited bipartisan he hopes will stay. State lawmakers named two Republicans to lead state chambers: Clay Schexnayder to the House speakership and Sen. Page Cortez to the Senate presidency.
Edwards’ pitch for higher public teacher pay and early education investment channeled the last Democrat to hold the governorship, the late Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.
“A great Louisianian once said education is poverty’s mortal enemy,” he said. “She was right.”
The governor ended with words on higher education (sort of) — cheering on the LSU Tigers, hours before they faced the Clemson Tigers in college football’s National Championship Game at the New Orleans Superdome.
“God bless Louisiana, god bless the State of Louisiana, and geaux Tigers,” Edwards said.