Ralph Northam was inaugurated as the seventy-third Governor of Virginia Saturday. Judge Glen Tyler administered the oath of office to the Eastern Shore native.
Northam credited his parents Wescott “Judge” Northam and Nancy Northam with instilling values that still ring true today.
In his inaugural address Northam said, “My mother taught children who were learning English as their second language to read. She worked in health care, nursing sick people back to health on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. She volunteered with the hospice, comforting people in their final hours. She taught me that, no matter who we are or where we came from, we are all equal in the beginning-and in the end.
“My father, who grew up on a farm on the Eastern Shore, served in the Navy during World War II, a member of America’s greatest generation. He became a Commonwealth’s Attorney and a judge just as his father had done before him. Before my brother joined the Navy and I joined the Army, my father always encouraged us to play sports. I think he knew we would learn the importance of teamwork and the fundamental truth that success isn’t about one person’s individual contributions, it’s about the team.
“But the greatest lesson I learned came from watching how they did those things. Their humble and steady service to the people around them taught me what strength looks like. It taught me you don’t have to be loud to lead.”