- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The latest on the inauguration of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has been inaugurated for his second and final term.

The 61-year-old Republican took his oath of office Tuesday on the south steps of the state Capitol.

Bryant was re-elected by a large margin in November over Democrat Robert Gray, a long-haul trucker who ran a low-budget campaign.

The inauguration took place on a cool day under a clear blue sky. It was a contrast to Bryant’s first inauguration in 2012, which was moved inside the Capitol because of rain.


3:12 a.m.

Republican Phil Bryant is beginning his second term as Mississippi governor.

His inauguration ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the south steps of the Capitol. A parade will follow, in downtown Jackson.

Bryant isn’t expected to offer detailed policy proposals during his inaugural address. Instead, he’ll discuss his legislative agenda during his Jan. 26 State of the State speech.

Bryant easily defeated the Democratic nominee, long-haul truck driver Robert Gray, in the November election.

The 61-year-old Bryant previously served four years as lieutenant governor and 10 as state auditor.

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