Democrat Andy Beshear sworn in as Kentucky governor in midnight swearing

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Governor Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Democrat Andy Beshear was sworn in as Kentucky’s governor during a private ceremony early Tuesday, just after midnight in the Governor’s Mansion.

The new governor called on Kentucky to set an example by putting aside political divisions to work together.

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Beshear follows in the footsteps of his father, Steve Beshear, whose two terms as governor preceded the one four-year term of Republican Matt Bevin.

Beshear defeated Bevin in last month’s election, overcoming the bluegrass state’s GOP leanings with a disciplined campaign that stuck to “kitchen-table” issues.

The middle-of-the-night swearing in is customary in Kentucky, to ensure continuity at the head of state government.