Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio) on Wednesday swore in the newest member of the House, Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), whose presence gives the House a full 435 members.

Smith won a special election on Tuesday to fill the vacant seat created by the retirement of Rep. Jo Anne Emerson (R-Mo.). Emerson appeared with Smith on the floor and hugged him immediately after he was sworn in.

"I truly look forward to working with every member of this body," Smith said in brief remarks to his new colleagues. "There's 435 of us — my goal is … to get to know each and every one of you and help move the country forward one step at a time."

He was welcomed by Reps. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and Sam GravesSamuel (Sam) Bruce GravesFive obstacles to Trump's infrastructure ambitions White House still eyeing gas tax hike to pay for infrastructure plan The Hill Interview: Missouri Republican has gavel on his radar MORE (R-Mo.), who noted that Smith is a fourth generation farmer and was one of the youngest speaker pro tems in the history of the Missouri House.

Smith won a special election Tuesday night against Democrat Steve Hodges, winning with more than 67 percent of the vote.