When Gov. Henry McMaster is inaugurated Wednesday to his first full term, it will be the first time he takes his oath of office before thousands of people.
When he replaced former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley as governor in 2017, McMaster was sworn in at a semi-public Statehouse ceremony.
On Wednesday, the governor will receive the full pomp and circumstance of an inauguration ceremony on the Statehouse steps.
The ceremonies will begin with a 9 a.m. prayer service at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia. The public is welcome to attend at the church just two blocks from the capitol. McMaster chose a slightly different tack than normal, as it has been recent tradition for the service to be at nearby Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. [Read more…]