John Kennedy, Clay Higgins & Mike Johnson Sworn In As New Members Of Congress
Former state Treasurer John Kennedy has been sworn in Louisiana's next U.S. Senator, joining current U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy on Capitol Hill as part of the 115th Congress of the United States.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Senator Kennedy to Congress and I look forward to working with him," said Dr. Cassidy, who became Louisiana's Senior Senator today. "The people of Louisiana want continued, conservative leadership in Washington. Together, we will put the voices of Louisiana front and center."
Each men have been given their committee assignments. Not surprisingly, Kennedy, who resigned from his state Treasurer duties on Monday, has been named to the Senate Banking Committee. He's also been tapped for the Appropriations, Budget and Judiciary Committees.
As for Cassidy, he will now serve on the Senate Finance Committee and maintain his seats on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Veterans Affairs Committee; and Joint Economic Committee.
"This election, American voters again sent a message that they want Obamacare repealed and replaced with something that works for them," says Cassidy. "The Finance Committee will play a major role in determining how we advance that goal. I plan to use this seat on Finance to ensure that all Americans have access to quality health care. I also look forward to continuing my work on Energy, HELP, Veterans and JEC. We've accomplished much in the 114th Congress and will do even more in the next."
On the Congressional side, Republicans Clay Higgins and Mike Johnson were also sworn in, representing Districts 3 and 4, respectively. And, Democrat Cedric Richmond is now the new chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.