Rep.-elect Quigley to be sworn in April 21

Rep.-elect Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) will be sworn in when the House returns April 21, according to leadership aides.

The news comes the morning after his overwhelming win of former Rep. Rahm Emanuel's (D) seat. 


More than three months after Emanuel became White House chief of staff, Quigley overcame Republican Rosanna Pulido and Green Party standard-bearer Matt Reichel in Tuesday's special election.

Quigley won with 70 percent of the vote. His victory came about a month after he won the Democratic nomination with just 22 percent of the vote amid a crowded field that included multiple candidates who outspent him by several hundred thousand dollars.

But Quigley, a Cook County commissioner long a burr in the saddle of unpopular Democrats who run the commission, was able to set himself apart as an outsider not affiliated with Chicago's legendary party machine or with corrupt officials at the state capitol in Springfield.

Quigley beat out state Reps. Sara Feigenholtz (D) and John Fritchey (D), both of whom have spent years in the capitol.

A spokesman said the new congressman would head to Washington on Thursday to meet with staff in Emanuel's vacant office. He plans to keep several former Emanuel staffers who have continued to offer constituent service to district residents.

Quigley will become the most junior lawmaker in the House, at least until a replacement is chosen for Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Suburban moms are going to decide the 2020 election Jon Stewart urges Congress to help veterans exposed to burn pits MORE (D-N.Y.), whose constituents are awaiting the outcome of a count between Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R) and venture capitalist Scott Murphy (D).

One more House seat, formerly held by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, will be filled in a July 14 special election. In Solis's old district, based in the Los Angeles area around El Monte, Calif., the winner of the Democratic primary will be heavily favored.

Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), who will be nominated as undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, is expected to resign once the Senate acts on her nomination. Tauscher's East Bay district, which was once competitive, gave President Obama nearly two-thirds of the vote in 2008.