Yesterday the 113th Congress was sworn in at the US Capitol. Many of the newly-elected members took to Twitter to share their pride, gratitude (and a dash of awe) to be officially taking office. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be sworn in to public office, these Tweets from some of the newest members offer a glimpse into the first day on the job at the Capitol.
Rep. Eric Swalwell started his morning with a run past the U.S. Capitol, where he would later be sworn in:
Kicked off morning with run to the Capitol.The day this sight no longer moves me is the day I should leave. twitter.com/SwalwellForCA1…
— Eric Swalwell (@SwalwellForCA15) January 3, 2013
Senator Heidi Heitkamp arrived from frigid North Dakota to find a warm welcome awaiting in her new Capitol Hill office:
Incredible day already! Walking into office for first time this morning surrounded by family, friends, & staff. #NDSENtwitter.com/Heidi4ND/statu…
— Heidi Heitkamp (@Heidi4ND) January 3, 2013
South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the only African American member of the Senate, showed what his first day of work entailed:
Ready to Go On the Record with @gretawiretwitter.com/SenatorTimScot…
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) January 4, 2013
Incoming Virginia Senator Tim Kaine posted bilingual Tweets for the benefit of his Spanish-speaking constituents:
Hoy día comienzo mi término en el Senado. Aquí esta un mensaje especial en español por este día importante. youtube.com/watch?v=UOr1yQ…
— Gov. Tim Kaine (@timkaine) January 3, 2013
Many of the new Congress members didn’t arrive in Washington alone: they brought along their families, in person or in spirit, for the historical occasion:
On the floor of the US House with my kids, Griffin, Toryn and Clark twitter.com/ElectRodneyIL/…
— Rodney Davis (@ElectRodneyIL) January 3, 2013
Officially a U.S. senator. Mahalo for helping make it happen. Now let’s get to work! twitter.com/mazieforhawaii…
— Mazie Hirono (@mazieforhawaii) January 3, 2013
Family, friends and constituents at the Library of Congress watching the swearing-in ceremony live. twitter.com/FilemonVela/st…
— Filemon Vela (@FilemonVela) January 3, 2013
Swearing-in day. THE day. Am dedicating my first week in Congress to the memory of my dad, a big influence in my life. Wish he was here.
— Pete Gallego (@petegallego) January 3, 2013
In addition to welcoming to the new members, colleagues of Illinois Senator Mark Kirk shared in his emotional return to Capitol Hill following a stroke last year:
Will never forget seeing my capitol hill family from the cap steps today. #Amazing, so grateful.
— Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) January 3, 2013
While other returning Senators noted the historic composition of the new class:
The #113Congress has a record 20 female Senators. Welcome to new Senators Hirono, Warren, Heitkamp, Baldwin & Fischer.
— Frank R. Lautenberg (@FrankLautenberg) January 3, 2013
Now there are 20 women in Senatehighest ever. That’s good for our nation and good for Senate
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) January 3, 2013
Also on the agenda for the first day of business was electing party leadership. The vote for Speaker of the House attracted notable attention; several representatives used Twitter to share updates and their thoughts:
My constituent, David Walker, just got anomination for Speaker of the House. If Boehner doesn’t have the votes, maybe a new CT Compromise?
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) January 3, 2013
Congrats to @speakerboehner. Thank you for your leadership—looking forward to 113th.
— Lynn Jenkins (@RepLynnJenkins) January 3, 2013
Honored to have been elected by my colleagues to continue serving as Speaker of the House for the 113th Congress.
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) January 3, 2013
As the 113th Congress gets underway, following your representatives gives you a closer perspective every day on the goings-on in D.C., your state and district.
Posted by Bridget Coyne (@bcoyne)
Government, News, & Social Innovation Team