Nixons ride in Ford truck for Missouri inaugural parade

Monday, January 14, 2013 | 11:17 a.m. CST
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, and first lady Georganne Nixon ride in the back of a pickup truck during a inauguration day parade Monday in Jefferson City. Nixon is scheduled to be sworn in for a second term at noon.

JEFFERSON CITY — Ten marching bands, including one from the governor's hometown of De Soto, joined Missouri's newly elected statewide officials in a parade through Jefferson City to the state Capitol.

Gov. Jay Nixon and Georganne Nixon rode in the bed of a red Ford F-150 truck. Walking in the parade Monday were Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Attorney General Chris Koster, Treasurer Clint Zweifel and Jason Kander, who was elected secretary of state in November.

House Speaker Tim Jones and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey also rode in the back of pickup trucks.

A relatively small crowd bundled up against below-freezing temperatures as the parade wound past the Governor's Mansion to the Missouri River side of the state Capitol. Several people watching expressed support for Nixon.


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