Austin, Texas | Attorney General Ken Paxton today took the oath of office, becoming Texas’s 51st Attorney General. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Gov.-Elect Greg Abbott, Senator and Lt. Gov.-Elect Dan Patrick and Justice Don Willett took part in the ceremony.
“I am enthusiastic and humbled to be Attorney General of this great state,” General Paxton said. “I can’t help but proclaim one inalienable fact: There has never been a better time to be a Texan.”
Photos from Ken Paxton’s swearing-in as Texas Attorney General and of him making remarks after his swearing-in Photo of Attorney General Ken Paxton and his family
Taking the oath of office in the Texas Senate Chamber in front of hundreds of Texans and surrounded by his family, General Paxton underscored that serving in the Office of the Attorney General is a sacred calling.
He emphasized the strength of Texas communities, built upon faith, family, and the basic conservative, common-sense principles Texans have always valued. He also noted that Texas enjoys a time of prosperity other states only dream of.
“We must be vigilant, and stand our ground, guarding against the complacency that could erode everything that we’ve worked so hard to build,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will remain steadfast in our dedication to principles and values that have made Texas great.”
In closing, General Paxton reminded everyone, “We stand on the side of right and we will never stop fighting to protect this state and the people who proudly call it home.”