Speaker John Boehner (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.
He was welcomed by Reps. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and Sam Graves (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.