On November 9, 2010, Governor General David Johnston made his first Official Visit to the province. Greeted upon arrival by Lieutenant-Governor Graydon Nicholas, the official party proceeded to the Legislative Assembly where they were met by Premier David Alward. The Governor General received military honours, a 21 Gun Salute and inspected the Guard of Honour. Their Excellencies were introduced to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Dale Graham, as well as the Clerk of the House and the Sergeantat-Arms. The Governor General then proceeded to the historic Legislative Assembly Chamber where he met with Members of the Legislative Assembly and Cabinet. Also on November 9, former Premier Shawn Graham announced his decision to step down as Liberal Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition. First elected in a 1998 by-election and re elected in 1991, 2003, 2006 and 2010, Mr. Graham was elected Leader of the Liberal Party of New Brunswick in May 2002. Following his re-election on September 18, 2006, when his party captured 29 of the 55 seats in the Legislative Assembly, he was sworn in October 2, 2006 as the province's 31st Premier. Mr. Graham continues to represent the riding of Kent in the Legislature.