Thursday morning, Rep. Doug LaMalfa took the oath of office in the Chambers of the United States House of Representatives and joined the 113th Congress of the United States.
LaMalfa replaces retiring Congressman Wally Herger representing California's 1st Congressional District which covers most of the Northstate.
House Speaker John Boehner posed with LaMalfa and his family after Thursday morning's ceremony.
The 84 freshman members, when joined with the freshman members from 2011, mean that a large portion of the House has spent two or fewer years in the Capitol.
Representative LaMalfa issued the following statement after the swearing-in ceremony:
“Serving the North State in the House of Representatives is an honor and responsibility that I take very seriously. Our friends and neighbors placed their faith in me as the North State’s voice in the Capitol, and I will work to uphold that trust.
I want to take a moment to thank Wally Herger for his years of service to Northern California and our Country. I am honored to be his friend and to have the opportunity to continue many of his efforts, such as the Quincy Library Group forestry reform proposals.
With so many newly elected and very recently elected members of Congress I am hopeful that we can change Washington for the better. Our nation faces difficult challenges that will require thoughtful consideration to resolve. However, it is important to recognize that many of these challenges were created by an overzealous government and that many of the solutions will come from restraining its growth.
I am committed to forging agreements that represent the North State’s values and excited to officially begin this fight to protect our way of life. The constituents of California’s First District have my sincere thanks and respect, and I look forward to serving them in the House.”
In a phone interview with KRCR News Channel 7, LaMalfa said he had already been appointed to two house committees, the Agriculture Committe and Natural Resources Committee.
He said he intends to get straight to work on the issues left unresolved by the fiscal cliff debate, and the debt ceiling.
LaMalfa previously served as a State Assemblyman and a State Senator. He lives with his family in Richvale.