WATCH: Republican Tate Reeves sworn in as new Mississippi Governor

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Gov. Tate Reeves, center, recites the oath of office, as administered to him by Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph, left, while his wife Elee Reeves, right, holds the family Bible, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Attending the inauguration are daughters Madeline, lower right, Elizabeth, second from right, and Sarah, unseen. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Republican Tate Reeves has been inaugurated as the 65th governor of Mississippi.

He succeeds Republican Phil Bryant, who served two terms.

Reeves took the oath of office Tuesday at the state Capitol.

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He was lieutenant governor the past eight years and previously served eight years as state treasurer.

He and Bryant have pushed tax cuts and trimmed state budgets.

The 45-year-old Reeves inherits several immediate challenges. One problem is an understaffed prison system that was recently shaken by deadly violence.

Reeves says he wants to increase teacher salaries that are among the lowest in the United States. 

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