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Gov. Greg Abbott energizes supporters with vows to focus on education and the border as his third term begins

Texans came from all corners of the state to watch Abbott’s inauguration Tuesday. Even those who don’t completely agree with the Republican leader reveled in the ceremonies.

Attendees cheer and photograph Lt. Gov. Dan Patrcik after he takes the Oath of Office at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 17, 2023.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick delivers his Inaugural address after taking the Oath of Office at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 17, 2023.
Members of the clergy accompany Bishop Michael Fors Olson, bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, down the aisle to begin a mass service, hosted by the 2023 Texas Inaugural Committee, on Jan. 16, 2023. The mass was part of a series of events in honor of Gov. Greg Abbott's 2023 inauguration.
Raymond Benjamin Barlass and Nancy Barlass stand outside the University Ave Church of Christ after attending a morning prayer that was part of the Inauguration Day ceremonies in Austin on Jan. 17, 2023.
The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band warms up before the Oath of Office ceremony at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 17, 2023.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick calls attention to a man holding a sign labeled "Jesus is king", and praising him for putting his faith first, while he delivers his Inaugural address after taking the Oath of Office at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 17, 2023.
Members of the Mariachi Pumas perform at the Taste of Texas event on the state Capitol grounds in Austin on Jan 17, 2023.

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