At the convening of the 118th United States Congress in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, two of Alabama's freshman lawmakers will take their oath of office.
U.S. Sen.-elect Katie Britt will fill the seat of outgoing Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa). Britt will be escorted by her Senate colleague, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn).
As the Senate's presiding officer, Vice President Kamala Harris will administer Britt's oath in the presence of members of Britt's family on the Senate floor.
"Taking the oath of office is incredibly humbling," Britt said in a statement. "As people across America approach this time of year with a sense of renewal and optimism while undertaking New Year's resolutions, I want Alabamians to hear this commitment directly from me: I am firmly resolved to never be outworked and to always make Alabama proud in the United States Senate. Being entrusted to serve as Alabama's U.S. Senator is a tremendous honor and responsibility. I am ready to hit the ground running to fight for hardworking families in every corner of our great state and to preserve the American Dream for generations to come."
In the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep.-elect Dale Strong is slated to take his oath after the contentious vote on the next House speaker. Strong recently won his congressional election for Alabama's Fifth Congressional District, which is to be vacated by outgoing U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).
“I am honored to step into this new role, serving North Alabamians,” Strong said. “This is a pivotal time in history where we can change the United States of America and Alabama for the better. It is my goal to focus on the issues that matter most to North Alabama, energy and border security, reducing inflation, and protecting the American people through a strong national defense.”
According to Britt's office, hundreds of Alabamians have said they will make the trip to Washington to observe the occasion in person.
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