PHOTO: Speaker Boehner Swears In Rep. Gerry Connolly for Third Term

Virginia's 11th District congressman surrounded by family and friends at ceremony on first day of 113th Congress.

Speaker of the House John Boehner swore in Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) Thursday for Connolly's third term in office.

Connolly was re-elected Nov. 6, beating out Republican Chris Perkins.

Connolly was surrounded Thursday by family and friends at his swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill. The oath of office officiated by the speaker is ceremonial, conducted after an official swearing-in of the entire Congress at noon on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The first day of the 113th Congress Thursday came on the heels of a tumultuous debate over the "fiscal cliff," voted on by the House on New Year's Day.

Though he had reservations, Congressman Connolly was the only House member in Virginia to vote for the bill, siding with Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb.

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Jonathan Erickson January 04, 2013 at 10:41 PM
If you have reservations don't vote for it. That's how we get pork The Sandy relief Bill is a prime example. Stick to your guns just because the senators voted for it does not make it thecorrect thing to do. Think for yourself you are supposed to be a leader.
Ronald Sarson January 05, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Probably had to hold his nose to swear in Mr. Tax Connolly,


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