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February 2011

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Swearing-in Ceremonies Celebrate our Elected Government

Congressman Kevin W. Yoder swearing-in ceremony.

Congressman Kevin W. Yoder is sworn in by Judge John W. Lungstrum at ceremonies held at the Robert J. Dole U.S. Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo swearing-in ceremony.

(Left to right) Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, sister Diana Ysrael, sister-in-law Josephine Bordallo Coad, and Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood (D. GU) at Bordallo's swearing-in ceremony held for the first time in Guam.

Local swearing-in ceremonies for new members of the 112th Congress have taken place at several federal courthouses.

“A local swearing-in ceremony enables all the family, friends and constituents of your congressional delegation, who are unable to travel to Washington, DC for the official ceremony, to see them sworn in and to celebrate their elected representative government,” said Judge D. Brock Hornby, chair of the Judicial Branch Committee.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and the District of Guam both conducted ceremonies last month. Judge John W. Lungstrum (D. Kan.) presided over the swearing-in ceremony of Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS), at which a local high school jazz band played and the Sons of the American Revolution presented the colors. In the Guam District Court, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood swore in Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D–GU) for her fifth term.

“After all my years serving Congress,” Bordallo said in a statement, “I have finally been able to take my oath of office in front of the people whom I truly serve and represent.”