Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks sworn in to 117th Congress
WASHINGTON (KCRG) -Republicans Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks were sworn into the 117th Congress on Sunday.
Hinson will be representing Iowa’s 1st District in the House of Representatives, while Miller-Meeks will be representing Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.
Miller-Meeks defeated Democrat Rita Hart by six votes. Hart is challenging the outcome, which has led some questioning whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would seat Miller-Meeks.
“Given the fact that our state certified the election, it was a bipartisan council that unanimously certified the election. Given all that Nancy Pelosi made the decision that I would be sworn in,” said Miller-Meeks in a recent interview.
Despite Hinson taking office after defeating one-term incumbent Abby Finkenuer, she said in a recent interview that she will listen to her constituents.
“As I continue to talk to small businesses and families, they continue to struggle. And need relief through this pandemic. So that’s going to be a priority for me is standing up for our working families and small businesses in Iowa,” said Hinson.
Hinson also said she wants to target relief to people who need it and that she is willing to work together with Republicans and Democrats for solutions.
But despite this pledge, Hinson announced posted on Twitter on Sunday that she voted against Nancy Pelosi serving another term as Speaker of the House and pledged “stand up to the socialist agenda the left is trying to push & fight for all Americans.”
The 117th Congress’ next order of business will be when they meet on Wednesday, January 6th to certify the electoral votes.
While both Hinson and Miller-Meeks have acknowledged Joe Biden won the presidency, it’s unclear if either Congresswoman plans on joining other House Republicans who plan on objecting to Biden’s win.
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