McAuliffe took the oath of office as Virginia's 72nd governor on Saturday, succeeding a Republican, Bob McDonnell. In his speech Monday, McAuliffe offered support for a bipartisan ethics reform plan that emerged after a gift scandal overshadowed McDonnell's final year in office.

Winning office was a years-long effort by McAuliffe, who unsuccessfully sought his party's nomination in 2009. He spent the next four years touring Virginia and campaigning, then won his first elective office in November by narrowly defeating then-Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.