McAllister sworn in as House member

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 Thursday officiated over the swearing-in of Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), the House's newest member.

McAllister won a special election last week to fill the seat of Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), who took a position in the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.).

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After the brief ceremony, members of the Louisiana delegation welcomed McAllister, who was joined on the House floor by his family.

"I just want to say thank you to everybody who got me here, up there in the gallery," the new member said. "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for them, and I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for these kids."

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