Finally, Peltola is sworn in for a full term in Congress

Mary Peltola stands with supporters in the snow, holding a Mary Peltola sign over her head
Mary Peltola sign waves on the corner of Boniface Parkway and Debarr Road on Election Day. Peltola is running for U.S. House this election. She is an American former tribal court judge. (Mizelle Mayo/Alaska Public Media)

Alaska — and every other state — has a fully fledged member of the U.S. House again. Along with the entire House of Representatives, Mary Peltola took the oath of office early Saturday morning.

The mass swearing-in followed a four-day fight among Republicans over electing Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as speaker. It took 15 rounds of voting before McCarthy won over holdouts in his party.

Peltola, like all Democrats, voted all 15 times for Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. He’s now the House minority leader.

With the House organization underway, Peltola will soon get her committee assignments.

During her three month tenure in the last Congress, Peltola served on the Natural Resources Committee and the Education and Labor Committee.

“Now the work begins,” she said by tweet.

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