AUSTIN, Texas -- Governor Rick Perry and fellow Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst took their oaths of office Tuesday in Austin.
In his inaugural address, Perry turned to the immigration issue and said, "We are both a nation of laws and immigrants; the former protect us, the latter enrich us."
It was a wide-ranging speech for a governor's inaugural address. Perry's name has surfaced as a possible vice presidential nominee in 2008. He said last week he's not interested in going to Washington, but he didn't say outright he wouldn't accept such an offer.
If Perry completes his new term, that would make him the longest-serving governor in state history.
Icy weather forced officials to move the inauguration from outside the state Capitol indoors to the Texas House of Representatives chamber. The last regularly scheduled inaugural ceremony to be forced indoors was in 1957 for Governor Price Daniel.