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Katko, Stefanik to be sworn in today on Capitol Hill

Ellen Abbott
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The orientations are over, the office space has been rented and the staff hired.  And now the real work begins for the 58 freshmen who will join the 114th session of the House of Representatives.

Among those being sworn in today, are North Country Republican Elise Stefanik, who is the youngest women ever elected to Congress and Syracuse-area Republican, John Katko. The Camillus Republican says he and Stefanik are already working together.

“Elise Stefanik and I are going to share the same room on swearing-in day for all our families to hang out in when we get sworn in,” said Katko. “We’re working together and already talk about doing things together. We talk all the time.”   

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There will be a two parts to the swearing-in ceremonies today -- one for the entire House and a second individual swearing-in by party leaders.

Katko will have his two teenage sons by his side as he takes the oath of office on the floor of the House of Representatives. And he says his wife and my older son will be in the gallery watching.

Katko’s individual swearing-in will be done by House Majority Leader John Boehner and Katko will use his grandmother’s Bible to take the oath.

Katko beat incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei by a 20-point margin in November.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.