COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - When Governor Henry McMaster stood atop of the State House steps before taking his Oath of Office, he waved.
It was a moment he had been waiting a long time for.
“Words cannot express the pride and joy I have to be the governor of this great State of South Carolina,” he said to the crowd.
The governor, along with Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette, were sworn in Wednesday morning.
They said they are ready to take on the big issues in the state for the next four years.
“My game plan for South Carolina requires changing our offensive plays on education. It means putting strong defense on the fields that tackle regulations and keeps high taxes off the field and protects our environment like it is the end zone,” he said.
McMaster’s speech kicked off with a F-16 flyover from the South Carolina Air National Guard. His speech was full of sports analogies.
“Coaches have said the worst mistake a player can make is to fumble the ball,” McMaster said. “As the Clemson Tigers showed the world again, South Carolina produces superior teamwork and we will not fumble the football.”
Gov. McMaster said education reform will be a priority. He wants to build the best team of teachers in the country here in South Carolina.
“This will require imagination and determination,” he said. “It will require providing South Carolina’s teachers compensation that is competitive not only in the Southeast but across the nation.”
He told the crowd South Carolina is on the right path.
“I see before us the brightest of futures,” McMaster said. “We must always think big. We must have confidence and we must be bold.”