HELENA — Gov.-elect Steve Bullock has invited Montanans to attend the inauguration ceremony on Monday morning for top statewide officials.
The inauguration will be at 10 a.m. on the north steps of the Capitol. It marks the first time in at least recent years that the ceremony will be outdoors.
Bullock and his running mate, John Walsh, will be sworn in as Montana’s next governor and lieutenant governor by Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath.
McGrath also will swear in Attorney General-elect Tim Fox, Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, state Auditor Monica Lindeen, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and Supreme Court Justice Brian Morris.
The ceremony will include a 19-gun salute, the oaths of office and remarks by Bullock and departing Gov. Brian Schweitzer. Grammy Award-winning artist Jay Dusty Bull of the Blackfeet Nation will sing an honor song, and the Central School Choir of Helena will perform.
An inaugural reception will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda.
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The public is invited to all events, including other swearing-in ceremonies including:
10:30 a.m.: Supreme Court Justice Jim Rice will be swearing in the three new members of the Montana Public Service Commission, Kirk Bushman of Billings, Roger Koopman of Bozeman and Bob Lake of Hamilton. The ceremony will be in the Bollinger Room in the PSC offices in the Vista Square Building, 1701 Prospect Ave.
Noon: Secretary of State McCulloch will call the Montana House of Representatives to order and preside until the House officers are elected. Justice Rice will swear in the 100 representatives. The ceremony will be in the House chambers on the third floor of the Capitol, with the visitors’ gallery on the fourth floor.
In the Senate, the deans, or longest-serving members, Sens. Terry Murphy, R-Cardwell, and Greg Jergeson, D-Chinook, will call the Senate to order and preside until senators elect their officers. Supreme Chief Justice McGrath will administer the oath of office to new senators. The Senate chambers also are on the third floor of the Capitol, with the gallery on the fourth floor.
1 p.m.: Chief Justice McGrath will swear in new Justice Laurie McKinnon in the Supreme Court courtroom. It is in the on the fourth floor of the Justice/State Library Building at 215 N. Sanders in Helena.