AUSTIN (KXAN) – Texas will usher in the age of Greg Abbott as chief executive of Texas during a inauguration ceremony Tuesday. Gov.-elect Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick will both be sworn in during the event.
“Huge day, we’ve been planning for a little over two months,” said John Wittman from the Texas Inaugural Committee. “Couldn’t be more excited. First new governor we’ve had in 14 years.”
Abbott and Patrick both did a final run-through on Monday as workers organized chairs and moved barricades into place to control the thousands of Texans who will descend on the Capitol. Crews also lined Congress Avenue, placing metal stands along the street for the celebratory parade.
“At this point, all it is is execution,” said Wittman.
He says the Department of Public Safety will handle security. Dozens of troopers were pacing around the statehouse on Monday and riding up and down the parade route on horseback. The mobile command center stands ready near the governor’s mansion, and Austin firefighters, police officers and hazardous material teams were setup nearby.
And for all the people sitting close to the celebrated politicians, background checks.
“Anyone who is involved and actually seated near the actual swearing in ceremony, security will be very tight there,” said Wittman.
About 4,000 people will sit to watch the swearing in. They expect thousands more to watch from the Capitol lawn.
KXAN News will broadcast the inauguration live beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Our coverage will also be available via live streaming on KXAN.com and the KXAN News app.