Nathan Deal has been sworn in as Georgia's 82nd governor, ushering in a historic GOP sweep in the state that will install Republicans at the helm of every statewide office.
A rare Georgia snowstorm forced Monday's ceremony from the steps of the Capitol to the shelter of the House chamber. Georgia Republicans won every statewide elected office in November's general election and have also gained seats in the state Legislature completing a political transformation in the state that began in 2002.
In his inaugural address, Deal said "state government cannot and should not be expected to provide for us what we can provide for ourselves." The former congressman from Gainesville also said he would fight the Democratic-backed federal health reform law arguing "government cannot make or keep us healthy."