A full day of activities marks the inauguration Wednesday of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford. Here’s what you need to know to take in the day:
What’s the big deal?
Hogan has been sworn into office and begun his second term as governor.
He’s only the second Republican re-elected as governor in state history, having defeated Democratic nominee Ben Jealous, 55 percent to 44 percent, in November.
Gubernatorial inaugurations are always a big deal, with a day of ceremonies and activities in the state capital of Annapolis, followed by a nighttime gala.
What’s going on in Annapolis?
The day started for the governor at 8 a.m. with a private prayer service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Annapolis.
The public events got under way at 9:30 a.m., with musical entertainment from a temporary stage along the north side of the State House, facing roughly toward Maryland Avenue.
At noon, Hogan and Rutherford were sworn into office by Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, in the Senate chamber. Because of the small size of the chamber, the ceremony wasn’t open to the public.
At 12:30 p.m., the ceremonies moved back outside, with the Naval Academy Glee Club singing the national anthem, Army Sgt. First Class Erin Betz of the National Guard singing “America the Beautiful” and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performing an instrumental version of the state song, “Maryland, My Maryland.”
Who spoke at the ceremony?
The master of ceremonies was Thomas Riford, a radio host at WJEJ-AM in western Maryland.
Other speakers included:
- Former Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, a Democrat, with opening remarks.
- Roman Catholic Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, gave an invocation.
- Daniella Velez, Hogan’s 6-year-old granddaughter, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Kristen Rutherford and Lauren Rutherford introduced their father, the lieutenant governor.
- Former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, introduced Hogan, before the governor delivered his inaugural address.
- The Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr., pastor of Baltimore’s Union Baptist Church, gave a benediction.
Following the outdoor remarks, Hogan and Rutherford will go in the State House to greet members of the public in a receiving line. The Maryland Defense Force Band and the 229th Army Band, Maryland Army National Guard Jazz Ensemble will play during this time and light refreshments will be served.
How can I attend?
The outdoor events and the receiving line are free and open to the public.
Visitors should bring a state-issued photo identification to get into the State House. Leave guns, knives, pepper spray and other weapons at home.
A number of streets are closed around the State House, including State Circle and most of the streets nearby: Maryland Avenue, Cornhill Street, East Street, Fleet Street, Francis Street, North Street, School Street and a section of College Avenue.
Can I watch on TV or online?
You can watch the ceremonies on The Baltimore Sun’s website, baltimoresun.com.
Also, Maryland Public Television will air a one-hour version of the inauguration at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD.
And there’s a party, too?
Hogan and Rutherford will host a gala in the evening at the MGM casino at National Harbor in Oxon Hill.
The VIP reception starts at 7 p.m. with the gala itself running from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
VIP tickets cost $1,000 each, while regular tickets run $150. Admission covers entertainment, food and an open bar.
Sponsorships are being sold from $10,000 to $100,000.
The dress code is black tie, meaning that men should wear tuxedos or dark suits and women should wear gowns or cocktail dresses.
Who is paying for the gala?
A committee was set up to raise money and put on the gala, the Hogan-Rutherford Inaugural Committee.
For the first time, the committee will be required to disclose private and corporate donations that fund the festivities. That’s the result of a law passed in 2015 and signed into law by Hogan.
The committee must file its report with the Maryland State Board of Elections by March 7.
How do I get more information?
For the Annapolis activities, the governor’s office has posted information at governor.maryland.gov/inauguration.
Visitors can also sign up for alerts by texting MDGOV to 99411.