Sanford swearing-in likely next week

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 ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenators demand cyber deterrence strategy from Trump CNN's Bakari Sellers: Democratic leadership is 'old and stale' Politicians, faith leaders react to passing of Billy Graham MORE (R) overwhelmingly on Tuesday.

A GOP leadership aide told The Hill that Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner4 reasons Mike Pompeo will succeed at Foggy Bottom The misunderstood reason Congress can’t get its job done GOP sees McCarthy moving up — if GOP loses the House MORE (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.