McCrory To Take Oath As Governor On Jan. 5

Gov.-Elect Pat McCrory will be sworn in as North Carolina's chief executive one week ahead of his official inauguration.

McCrory's transition office announced Tuesday that he will be sworn in on Saturday, Jan. 5, in the Old Senate Chamber. The statement said McCrory is being sworn in early after consulting with Gov, Beverly Perdue and the General Assembly.

The transition office said the early swearing-in will ensure that McCrory's cabinet and leadership team is in place prior to the General Assembly convening on Jan. 9.

Inauguration activities are scheduled for Jan. 12 in Capitol Square, where McCrory will deliver his inaugural address.

In the week leading up to the inauguration, McCrory's office said he will attend official and inaugural activities while holding public open houses across the state.

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