NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This advisory provides excerpts of Gov. Bill Lee’s speech that he is expected to deliver at the inauguration ceremony at approximately 12 p.m. today.

Event Details

The Inaugural Ceremony will be held today, January 19, 11 a.m. at War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Avenue North.  The event is free and open to the public based on venue capacity.

The inauguration will occur in a joint convention of the 111th General Assembly that will be convened about 11:25 a.m. by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and Speaker of the House of Representatives Glen Casada. The oath will be administered by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins.

Select Speech Excerpts (not in order of delivery)

“Tennesseans, we stand in one of the great states in all of America. But out greatness has never come from what any one individual did. Our greatness has always come from the collective lives, service, commitment and sacrifice of those who came before us—because of what we have always done as a people together, in community with each other, in service to our state and to our neighbors.” 

“Government is not the answer to our greatest challenges. Government’s role is to protect our rights and our liberty and our freedom. I believe in a limited government, that provides unlimited opportunity for we the people to address the greatest challenges of our day.” 

“We are famous for our three grand divisions of East, Middle and West Tennessee, represented by the three stars on our flag. It is important however to remember that the blue circle around the three stars on our flag represents the unity of our state. I believe that Tennesseans have much more that unites us than divides us.” 

“I believe that education is more than a test score—it’s about preparing a child for success in life. A resurgence of vocational, technical and agricultural education, and the inclusion of civics and character education, combined with reforms, will take Tennessee to the top tier of states.”

Media contact is Laine Arnold,

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