Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sworn In as Arkansas Governor

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be sworn in as the first woman to become Arkansas’ 47th governor on Tuesday. In a ceremony in the state House of Representatives, Sanders will take the oath of office before delivering an inaugural address to a joint session of the legislature. Since winning the governor’s election last year, Sanders has refrained from commenting on her time working for former President Donald Trump, instead focusing on her plans to improve Arkansas.

Her legislative agenda includes cutting the state’s income tax, public safety measures, school safety measures, education reform legislation to improve literacy and teacher pay raises, as well as proposals similar to a law in Florida that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. With the state currently sitting on more than $2 billion in reserves, and the Republicans having expanded their supermajority in the November election, Sanders is taking office in a strong position.

She succeeds Asa Hutchinson, who is leaving office after eight years due to term limits, and is considering running for president. Hutchinson has criticized the possibility of Trump running again as the Republican nominee in future elections, stating it would be the “worst scenario” for his party.

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