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PHOTOS: Gov. Joe Lombardo’s first days in office

David Calvert
David Calvert
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Monday marked the beginning of Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo’s first term as the former Clark County sheriff took the oath of office in front of friends, family and staff members in a private ceremony.

The newly sworn-in governor then held a celebratory inauguration ceremony Tuesday at the Carson City Community Center that featured prayers, a speech and a children’s choir singing the state anthem, “Home Means Nevada.” Initially scheduled for the Capitol steps, organizers moved the event indoors following a winter storm. 

In a roughly 13-minute speech at the ceremony, Lombardo revealed the guiding principle for his administration: “The Nevada Way,” or a concept he said was “rooted in the notion that no challenge is so insurmountable that it cannot be solved.”

Photojournalist David Calvert captured the private and public inaugurations of the governor and constitutional officers as well as a separate swearing-in ceremony Attorney General Aaron Ford held in front of more than two dozen family members, friends, staff and journalists.

Scroll for images of the festivities.

Gov. Joe Lombardo before taking his oath of office inside the old Assembly Chambers in the state Capitol in Carson City on Jan. 2, 2023. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
State Treasurer Zach Conine and Gov. Joe Lombardo before taking their oath of office inside the old Assembly Chambers in the state Capitol in Carson City on Jan. 2, 2023. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
State Controller Andy Mathews takes his oath of office inside the old Assembly Chambers in the state Capitol in Carson City on Jan. 2, 2023. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lidia Stiglich signs Gov. Joe Lombardo's oath of office declaration inside the old Assembly Chambers in the state Capitol in Carson City on Jan. 2, 2023. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
State Treasurer Zach Conine's children pose for a photo inside the old Assembly Chambers in the state Capitol in Carson City on Jan. 2, 2023. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Lt. Gov. Stavros Anthony after taking his oath of office inside the old Assembly Chambers in the state Capitol in Carson City on Jan. 2, 2023. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Attorney General Aaron D. Ford takes his oath of office alongside his wife, Berna Rhodes-Ford, inside the Attorney General's office in Carson City on Jan. 2, 2023. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Attorney General Aaron D. Ford poses for a photo with family members after taking his oath of office inside the Attorney General's office in Carson City on Jan. 2, 2023. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar following Gov. Joe Lombardo's public inauguration ceremony on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Dale Raggio, widow of former state Senator Bill Raggio, arrives at Gov. Joe Lombardo's public inauguration ceremony on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Minority Floor Leader Assemblyman P.K. O'Neill before Gov. Joe Lombardo's public inauguration ceremony on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Members of Attorney General Aaron Ford's family arrive at Gov. Joe Lombardo's public inauguration ceremony on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Former Nevada Gov. Bob List following Gov. Joe Lombardo's public inauguration ceremony on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
A badge for Gov. Joe Lombardo's inauguration speech on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Gov. Joe Lombardo during the pledge of allegiance on stage at his public inauguration ceremony on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Nevada constitutional officers, Lt. Gov. Stavros Anthony, Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar, State Treasurer Zach Conine, Controller Andy Matthews and Attorney General Aaron Ford take the ceremonial oath of office administered by State Supreme Court Justice Lidia Stiglich during the program at Gov. Joe Lombardo’s public inauguration on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. The officers took their actual oath the day before during a ceremony inside the Capitol. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Gov. Joe Lombardo shakes hands with the master of ceremonies, Dr. Tony Alamo, before giving his inauguration speech on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Former Nevada Governors Brian Sandoval and Steve Sisolak listen to Gov. Joe Lombardo's inauguration speech on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Gov. Joe Lombardo during his inaugural speech on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Gov. Joe Lombardo on stage with his wife, First Lady Donna Lombardo and Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Lidia Stiglich following his inauguration speech on Jan. 3, 2023, at the Carson City Community Center. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
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