FIRST DEMOCRAT TO BE ELECTED SINCE TRUMP OFFICIALLY TAKES OFFICE
Washington D.C. – The first Democrat elected to the House of Representatives since President Trump’s inauguration officially took office this evening.
Congressman Jimmy Gomez was sworn in by House Speaker Paul Ryan in a ceremonial oath-taking in the Speaker’s ceremonial office. Immediately following that, Congressman Gomez was sworn in on the House floor and officially took his seat representing California’s 34th District.
In a brief speech after the swearing in, the newest member of Congress addressed the House to express his gratitude to the people he represents.
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you, colleagues. I’m honored to be here and to be joined by my mother Socorro, my brother Gerry, my mother-in-law Sally, and my amazing wife, Mary.
“My approach to policy, politics, and government is shaped by the experiences of my family and of my community. As the son of immigrants who believes in this country and everything it promises, I have a profound commitment to protecting the rights of other immigrant families, no matter where they are from or the god they worship. I’m also a fighter for universal healthcare because when I was young, I became very ill and spent a week in the hospital, and that week stay almost bankrupted my family. I believe young people from working families should have access to debt-free education because I know from my own experience that a high-school degree is not always enough, and a higher education can change a life. I believe everyone deserves access to clean air and water, and that climate change has exacerbated this challenge.
“And lastly, to the people of California’s 34th district: I know why you sent me to Congress – to fight for our families, our state, and our values. And I will do it every single day. I won’t let you down. Thank you. I yield back.”
Congressman Gomez, who successfully ran on a platform of both progressive ideals and working-class values, became the only Democrat to win a special election since President Trump’s inauguration. He replaced Congressman Xavier Becerra June 6th after Becerra became Attorney General of California.