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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe takes office

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- It was Terry McAuliffe's day to shine in the sun, trouble is, Mother Nature didn't cooperate. Rain poured, and many took cover under umbrellas as Virginia's Chief Justice of the Supreme court administered the oath of office.   

McAuliffe's wife Dorothy and their five children joined him for the ceremony, while nearby, McAuliffe's good friends and mentors , President Bill and Hillary Clinton, looked on like proud parents. The former President brought out tight security and in the audience were six former Virginia Governors, the outgoing Bob McDonnell, Chuck Robb, Doug Wilder, Mark Warner, George Allen and Tim Kaine. 

Speaker Bill Howell presented the new Governor, " I have the honor of present to the sovereign people of Virginia the new Governor Terry R. McAuliffe.

"It is humbling, and the highest honor of my life, to stand before you today," began McAuliffe. 

In his speech, he congratulated Governor McDonnell for his success passing a bipartisan transportation package and McAuliffe pledged to find common ground on his own goals,  including equality for all. 

"My administration will work tirelessly to ensure that those opportunities are equal for all of Virginia's children - no matter if you're a girl or a boy, no matter what part of the Commonwealth you live in, no matter your race or religion, and no matter whom you love."

McAuliffe said that the children of new immigrants need to have equal educational opportunities and he received strong applause when he said that "every woman has the right to make her own personal health care decisions." 

As for the skeptics predicting gridlock with a republican majority in the House, he promised to prove them wrong.

As the rain let up, a parade showcased talents around the commonwealth, for the new Governor who finally got his moment in the sun when the rain stopped. 

"Our prayers were answered," he told WUSA9.