Connie Conway is now officially a congresswoman representing the Central Valley. Even if she is only for 204 days.
At 3:27 pm PT, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi swore in Conway, R-Tulare, on the House floor. With the California delegation leading her, both Republicans and Democrats, Conway raised her right hand pledging to defend the Constitution.
Conway then delivered her speech on the first floor, honored to represent the 22nd Congressional District.
“I accept this position with deep humility. My constituents, the great people of California’s 22nd District, face water shortages, rising inflation, and many other trials not of their making. Your pain is my pain. Your concerns are my concerns. I stand shoulder to shoulder with them,” Conway said.
He concluded with “a local colloquial saying.”
“Come on, dogs, win the Mountain West,” Conway said.
A second ceremonial oath
Shortly after the floor ceremony, with fellow Central Valley congressman David Valadao holding the bible, Pelosi and Conway took ceremonial photos in Rayburn’s reception room.
Pelosi said she enjoyed having another grandmother in Congress. At his floor speech, Conway joked that his grandson refused to attend because he was taking his driving test today.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, also posed for photos and lavished high praise on his new colleague in the adjoining district.
“Here in Congress, she will be a strong advocate for the radical policies pushed by House Democrats and the administration of President Biden. Congresswoman Conway, with her USDA experience, will be a critical partner in defending the Central Valley way of life, and I look forward to working with her on issues that affect our districts and the American people,” McCarthy said in a statement. press. .
a short term
California legislative historian Alex Vassar says Conway’s term would be the shortest for a Golden State representative in more than 100 years.
The list of California’s longest-serving partisan elected officials has been updated. Conway’s 204 days will be the shortest since Henry Stanley Benedict served 117 days in 1917. I’m so happy for her.https://t.co/qS5p2DgWHr https://t.co/l1mo4OHMZo
— Alex Vassar 📚 (@AlexCVassar) June 14, 2022
[Original story, 6/14/2022]
Connie Conway will be sworn in today as the newest member of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office tells GV Wire.
Please join me in welcoming the newest Republican in the House: my neighbor in California, Connie Conway! pic.twitter.com/k9yX47iWhw
—Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLader) June 14, 2022
Conway, a Republican from Tulare, won a special election last week to fill the vacant 22nd Congressional District seat. She will serve until her term expires on January 3, 2023.
Although the results of last week’s runoff between Conway and Fresno Democrat Lourin Hubbard are not officially certified, House rules allow unofficial results to suffice. Conway got 62% of the vote for the district that represents parts of Fresno and Tulare counties.
As of Monday, Conway, still in California, wasn’t sure when she would be sworn in. Speaker Pelosi, a Democrat from San Francisco, will conduct a ceremonial swearing-in at 3:40 pm PDT in the Rayburn Reception Room of the US Capitol.
Conway will be sworn in on the full House at an unspecified earlier date.
Nunes resigned from the seat
Conway will complete the less than six months remaining in the term of former Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare. Nunes resigned on January 1 to become CEO of Truth Social, the Twitter alternative founded by former President Donald Trump.
Conway and five other candidates ran in a special primary election on April 5. Since no candidate obtained more than 50%, the first two advanced to the second round on June 7.
With redistricting, the current CD 22 is now divided into four new districts. Most of the old district is in CD 21, where incumbent Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, is running; and CD 20, where House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, is running.