BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Kyle Ardoin was formally sworn in as Secretary of State Friday during a ceremony at Louisiana's Old State Capitol.
Ardoin, a native of Ville Platte and a resident of Baton Rouge, took the position of secretary of state during a critical time for the Department of State, especially in terms of elections.
"I stand before you today knowing the importance of the job that lies before," said Secretary Ardoin. "It's a job that hits right at the heart of our nation's democracy and our states' rights. Elections."
Ardoin first served as assistant secretary of state in 2010. He will serve as Louisiana secretary of state until a special election can be held on Noverm 6, 2018 and December 8, 2018 if a runoff is required.
Ardoin named former Speaker of the House Joe Salter as first assistant secretary of state, Shanda Jones as undersecretary of management and finance, and Meg Casper Sunstrom as deputy secretary for communications and outreach.