Gov. Bill Lee’s second term inauguration took place Saturday at Legislative Plaza in Nashville.
During his speech, Lee reflected on moments of his first term while laying out his priorities for the next four years.
He said in part of his speech: “All of us have been given a responsibility – an obligation to use our lives in a way that multiplies in the lives of others – to spend our days considering how the work of our lives will reap benefits, not for ourselves, but for others.
All the while, our state’s finances have been stewarded in such a way that affords us the lowest tax rate per capita in the nation, the lowest debt rate per capita in the nation, and the fastest-growing economy of all 50 states.
Although rural America has been in decline for decades, rural Tennessee is proving to be the exception, thanks to historic investments in vocational, technical, and agricultural education that are shaping Tennessee’s future workforce.
We can disagree and stand firm for our beliefs and our principles, but we should never forget the dignity of other human being…Civility is not a weakness. It has been and it should always be the American Way. And I know it can be the way in Tennessee.”