Rep. LaHood sworn in as House member

Greg Nash

Illinois Republican Darin LaHood officially became a member of the House on Thursday, filling the only vacancy in the House.

LaHood replaces ex-Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), who resigned in March amid ethical questions about his spending, which included decorating his Capitol Hill office in the style of the PBS show “Downton Abbey” and overbilling taxpayers for mileage on his personal vehicle.

Now that LaHood has been sworn in, the House now stands at a full 435 members, with 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats.

{mosads}LaHood is the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), who also served as Transportation secretary under President Obama. The elder LaHood watched his son’s swearing-in ceremony from a few feet away on the House floor.

Former lawmakers are granted lifetime access to the House chamber.

The newly elected LaHood thanked his family and constituents in a brief speech upon taking his oath of office. He easily won a special election last week that was expected to remain in GOP hands.

“I look forward to hitting the ground running, being the best member of Congress I can and working hard for my district,” LaHood said, flanked by his three young sons.

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