COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – Governor Henry McMaster was sworn in for a second full term Wednesday morning at the South Carolina State House.

It was his third time taking to Oath of Office as governor. McMaster is on track to be South Carolina’s longest serving Governor, holding that office for 10 years.

During his twenty minute speech he said, “The people of our great state have given me the honor and privilege of serving as your governor for another four years.  My family and I thank you.”

Governor McMaster highlighted three things throughout his address: economic development, education and the natural environment.

He touted the state’s booming economy. He said South Carolina needs to build off a record year for capital investment in 2022.

“We have made – and will continue to make – transformative investments in our state’s infrastructure. From widening interstates, repairing, and replacing roads, bridges, and highways – to over a billion and a half dollars for new water, sewer and stormwater in our rural communities – we are setting our state on an accelerated path to compete globally for new jobs and future investment,” McMaster said.

He also touted state income tax cuts he signed into law last year.

The Governor also spent time talk about the state’s natural resources and culture.

He highlighted the establishment of the Office of Resilience to mitigate flooding, coastal erosion and other issues in South Carolina.

“I truly believe that if we cannot find peace and comfort in the pine forests and tidal creeks of South Carolina, we’ll just have to wait until we get to Heaven.”

When it comes to education, Governor McMaster said by the time he is out of office he’d like to see teacher starting salary at $50,000 a year in South Carolina.

The Governor also urged changes to the state’s judicial selection process. He said, “We must also ensure that the public has confidence in whom and how all our judges are selected – by making the processes more transparent and accountable; so that every South Carolinian, born and unborn, may enjoy life, liberty and happiness.”