Sanford swearing-in likely next week

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The former South Carolina governor, who served in the House from 1995 through 2001, won his special election to fill the open seat of former Rep. Tim Scott (R) overwhelmingly on Tuesday.

A GOP leadership aide told The Hill that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spoke with the returning House member on Wednesday afternoon, but would not release details of the conversation.


Though the turnaround from a special election win historically has entailed a swearing-in ceremony the same week, Sanford will be in court on Thursday in South Carolina to face his ex-wife’s accusations of trespassing, and the House is not going to be in session on Friday.

Sanford defeated businesswoman Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D), the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, 54-45 percent in the special election on Tuesday.