State inauguration to be held virtually Jan. 19

January 11, 2021

Gov. John Carney and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long have announced plans for a virtual inauguration ceremony to be held Tuesday, Jan. 19. The 74th governor of the State of Delaware and 26th lieutenant governor will be sworn in for their second terms at 10 a.m. at Legislative Hall in Dover. 

The inaugural ceremony will be livestreamed at

 “For the past two decades, Delawareans have trusted me with the responsibility and privilege of representing them as lieutenant governor, in the U.S. Congress and now as governor,” Carney said in a press release. “In a second term, I promise to continue working hard, every single day, on the issues that are important to the people of our state. Thank you for the privilege of serving as your governor.”

Carney will deliver his 2021 State of the State Address at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, from the Senate Chamber at Legislative Hall. He will present his recommended Fiscal Year 2022 budget at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28. Both events will be held virtually, without an audience. They will be livestreamed at and

Hall-Long thanked voters for giving her another term. “2020 was a challenge for our nation, state, communities, and families. I look to 2021 with hope, confidence and optimism, knowing we will face the challenges that confront us by working together to build a safer, healthier and stronger Delaware,” she said. 

More information about the State of the State Address and annual budget presentation will be released when available. 

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