Ned Lamont has been sworn in as Connecticut's 89th governor, promising a new beginning for the state.
The 65-year-old former businessman was administered the oath of office Wednesday by former Connecticut Chief Justice Chase Rogers, a personal friend from Greenwich who went to college with Lamont's wife, Annie.
Lamont was surrounded by his family on stage at the Gov. William A. O'Neill State Armory in Hartford.
He succeeds fellow Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who did not seek re-election. Malloy, former Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and former independent Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. are attending the inauguration.
Lamont said he's proud to be "following in your footsteps."
After taking the oath of office and delivering his inaugural address, Lamont took part in a parade.
Lamont delivered a State of the State address Wednesday afternoon to a joint session of the General Assembly inside the Hall of the House of Representatives at the State Capitol.
Later tonight, the inaugural ball will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online.
General admission tickets are $200 and tickets for young professionals, between 21 and 28, are $99.
Actor Christopher Meloni, who might be best known for his role as Elliott Stabler on NBC’s “Law & Order” and journalist Jane Whitney will be the co-emcees of the event.
Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” will perform with his band during the inaugural ball.
The ball will feature more than 40 restaurants, artisanal cheese makers, bread makers, microbreweries and Connecticut wineries.