Two new GOP congressmen sworn in after special election victories
Two new GOP congressmen were sworn into office Tuesday after winning their special elections last week. Republicans tout the victories as a sign of GOP momentum heading into the November general election.
Newly elected congressmen Mike Garcia and Tom Tiffany were joined by their families and colleagues in Washington for the ceremony.
Garcia, a former Navy combat pilot, flipped California’s 25th congressional district from Democrat to Republican after freshman Congresswoman Katie Hill resigned the seat in October 2019 amid a sex scandal. Republicans ran an aggressive campaign in order to retake the seat in northern Los Angeles County.
“Thrilled that my family joined me this morning as I was sworn into office,” Garcia tweeted. “Providing a better future for my boys is one of the reasons I ran for office. Now it’s time to get to work!”
Garcia credits President Trump’s popularity for his victory on Tuesday. It’s the first time a Republican will represent the district since 1998. He told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that people are underestimating the popularity of President Trump.
Tiffany, who previously served as a state senator, won the seat in Wisconsin that was vacated by Republican Congressman Sean Duffy. He drove from Wisconsin to D.C. along with his wife and three daughters.
Trump won Wisconsin by less than a point in 2016 but won by 20 points in the district now represented by Tiffany. Republicans now currently hold five of Wisconsin’s eight seats in Congress.
“Earlier today, I was officially sworn in as a representative for Wisconsin. It is an honor that a dam tender from Minocqua can represent our state,” Tiffany said in a Tweet. “I promise you that I won’t let you down, and I am ready to work with President Donald Trump.”
The president was certainly happy with Tuesday’s results. He took to Twitter to congratulate the new representatives and especially rub in the Garcia upset.
“First time in 22 years. Mike will be a GREAT CONGRESSMAN,” Trump Tweeted.
These were the first major elections to be held during the coronavirus pandemic and many political operatives are looking to them to get a pulse for how voters may vote in the general election. The victory in California is certainly a good sign for President Trump as well as other Republicans that may be running for Congress in traditionally blue districts.
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