Rep. Brenda Jones (D-Mich.) was sworn in on Thursday to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersDetroit voters back committee to study reparations The faith community can help pass a reparations bill California comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery MORE (D-Mich.) for the final weeks of 2018.
Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE administered the oath of office to Jones as a handful of her Democratic colleagues, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Dole to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda House to vote on Uyghur bill amid diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics MORE (D-Calif.), looked on from the House floor.
"It is time to get to work," Jones said in brief remarks aimed at her constituents. "I’m ready to roll up my sleeves during this lame duck session, do what you expect me to do and join my colleagues in getting the job done for the 13th Congressional District and for the United States of America."
Jones, who is also the president of the Detroit City Council, won a special election to serve out the remainder of Conyers' term, but lost her bid for a full, two year-term to Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).
Tlaib will officially take office in January as part of a new Democratic House majority.
The Detroit News reported that Jones has maintained her spot on the Detroit City Council while she serves in the lame duck session of Congress. The House created an exception for Jones to a long-standing precedent requiring members to give up state offices to serve in Congress, the news outlet reported.