Abraham takes oath as 5th District Congressman
Fifth District Congressman Ralph Abraham took the oath of office Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol to commence his first term in the House of Representatives.
Abraham, a Republican from Alto, used a 400th anniversary edition of the King James Bible for the oath. The Bible had been signed by all members of his church, Alto Baptist, where he and his wife, Dianne, attend. The congregation signed the Bible and presented it to Abraham following his landslide victory over Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo in the December run-off.
Abraham was one of 57 new members who took part in the swearing-in ceremony, which marked the beginning of the 114th Congress. House Speaker John Boehner, who was elected speaker Tuesday for the third time, was present when Abraham took the oath.
A total of 247 Republicans will serve in the 114th Congress, making it the largest Republican majority since 1929. Republicans also control the U.S. Senate with 54 seats.
Abraham will serve on the House Agriculture Committee and House Veterans' Affairs Committee. While adjusting to an area beset with 14-degree temperatures and snow, Abraham said his office was pushing for a seat on a third committee, possibly the House Intelligence Committee or the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
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