House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, second from left, administers the House oath of office to Rep. Josh Harder during a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday during the opening session of the 116th Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, second from left, administers the House oath of office to Rep. Josh Harder during a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday during the opening session of the 116th Congress. Jose Luis Magana The Associated Press
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, second from left, administers the House oath of office to Rep. Josh Harder during a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday during the opening session of the 116th Congress. Jose Luis Magana The Associated Press

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