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Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib in the House with their children:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Barbara Lee taking selfies before the festivities begin:
Still waiting for the Speaker vote to begin. Here are Ayanna Pressley, Lucy McBath and Sharice Davids:
Hakeem Jeffries officially nominates Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker:
"House Democrats are down with NDP: Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi."
While introducing Kevin McCarthy, Liz Cheney says it's time to build the wall and House Republicans (and their families) cheer:
Steve Cohen votes for Pelosi by noting she will "truly make America great again":
Katie Hill votes for Pelosi "for the future generations of women":
Seth Moulton voted for Pelosi 🤷‍♂️:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez votes for Pelosi and gets taunted by some Republicans:
Rashida Tlaib's kids were dabbing while she voted for Pelosi lol:
Future only White House employee Mick Mulvaney doesn't appear thrilled about Pelosi becoming Speaker again:
House clerk reads the official Speaker results and Pelosi receives lots of hugs:
Pelosi is invited up to claim the chair after officially becoming Speaker of the House for the second time:
"The Speaker-elect, Nancy Pelosi of the state of California."
McCarthy hands Pelosi the gavel:
Pelosi talks about what it means to become Speaker alongside a record number of women in Congress:
Pelosi: "Democrats will be offering the Senate Republican appropriations legislation to re-open government later today."
Pelosi: "And when we're talking about the DREAMers, let us remember what President Reagan said in his last speech as President of the United States... He said, "If we ever close the door to new Americans, our leadership role in the world will soon be lost.""
Pelosi is administered the oath by Don Young and calls the new House into order "on behalf of all of America's children":
Pelosi swears in the newest members of the House:
Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Native-American women to ever serve in Congress, share a moment after being officially sworn in:
Lots of new congresskids in the House:
Katie Hill on MSNBC:

"I think the most exciting part is being part of history and knowing that we're getting closer and closer to women having the voice that we should, and to young people getting a seat at the table, and towards really reflecting the diversity of our country."
Lauren Underwood, who just became the youngest-ever Black woman in Congress, is sharing an apartment in D.C. with Hill.

CNN's Kyung Lah: "Neither of you guys look like the traditional members of Congress."

Underwood: "Isn't that something?!"
Here was when Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) confused everyone by voting "no" for Speaker of the House.

The newly-elected Democrat later clarified that his big mood meant "present."
“Both parties are the same.”
Let's check in on how state media is processing the day's events.

Hannity offered a solemn warning about "socialism rising" due to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib "joining their comrade, Bernie Sanders, in Congress."

Then he compared the Green New Deal to Solyndra 🤷‍♂️
Hannity is very mad that Pelosi visited Hawaii and said Trump might not know it's part of the U.S.

So mad that he used tonight's HANNITY WATCH to suggest Americans died over the weekend because Pelosi was "lapping it up, life of luxury, playing politics with border security."
Sheila Jackson Lee -- accompanied by a @FloorCharts of a Trump quote -- on voting to re-open the government: "Where is the Mexico funding?"
Pelosi to Senate Republicans: "We are sending them back exactly word-for-word what they have passed to cover the eight agencies of government."

"Did they not hear about the co-equal branch of government?"
More from Pelosi: "You can't say 'if you're not for the wall, you're not for border security.' That is a very false statement."

"Let's have an adult conversation about how we protect our borders and let's listen to people who know what they're talking about."
Q: Do you have to eventually give Trump what he wants?

Pelosi: "The president cannot hold public employees hostage because he wants to have a wall that is not effective."

"Let's anchor ourselves into reality: Mexico is not going to pay for this wall, so no."
Q: Would you accept even $1 of wall funding for Trump?

Pelosi: "A wall is an immorality. It's not who we are as a nation. And this is not a wall between Mexico and the United States that the president is creating here. It's a wall between reality and his constituents."
Pelosi: "We are not doing a wall. Does anybody have any doubt that we are not doing a wall?"

"It has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with a wall is an immorality between countries."

"And it is a diversionary tactic on the part of the president."
Pelosi and Moulton at the ceremonial swearing-in. Where my lip readers at?
Abigail Spanberger flipped a Virginia district that had been held by Republicans since 1968:
Ayanna Pressley is the first Black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts:
Deb Haaland, who became one of the first Native American women to ever serve in Congress on Thursday, wore a traditional Pueblo dress:
Lauren Underwood is Congress' youngest-ever Black woman:
Ilhan Omar, who couldn't speak English when she came to the U.S. as an immigrant, is one of the first Muslim women in Congress:
Rashida Tlaib, who joined Omar as the first Muslim women elected to Congress, is also the first-ever Palestinian-American woman in Congress:
Sharice Davids is one of the first Native-American women in Congress and also Kansas' first LGBTQ member of Congress:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress:
Lucy McBath, who became an advocate for gun control after her 17-year-old son was shot and killed over loud music, represents Newt Gingrich's former district in Georgia:
Abby Finkenauer is the second-youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

The Iowa Democrat just celebrated her 30th birthday last week:
Joe Neguse is the first Black person to represent Colorado in Congress:
Katie Porter defeated Mimi Walters to become the first-ever Democrat to win her Orange County district:
Texas had never elected a Latina woman to Congress before Veronica Escobar (and Sylvia Garcia) won in November:
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell immigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador with her family at the age of 14. She unseated Carlos Curbelo in the midterms:
Republicans' attempts to smear Antonio Delgado as a "big city rapper" did not work out, as the Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law graduate defeated John Faso:
Katie Hill is a 31-year-old nonprofit director who lives on an “animal rescue farm” with her husband, dogs, horses and baby goats.

She unseated Steve Knight in a district outside of Los Angeles:
Jahana Hayes is a public school employee and former social studies teacher who was named the National Teacher of the Year in 2016.

She is the first Black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress:
Former Air Force captain Chrissy Houlahan has cited the Women's March that followed Trump's inauguration as a major influence in her decision to run for office for the first time:
Tom Malinowski, who "was born in Communist Poland at the height of the Cold War" and fled the country at the age of six with his mother, served in the State Department under Obama.

He became the first Democrat to win his New Jersey district since 1978 by beating Leonard Lance:
Harley Rouda is another newly-elected Democrat from Orange County.

He unseated Dana Rohrabacher, "Putin's favorite congressman" who had been in the House since 1989:
Colin Allred played football in college and the NFL before becoming an attorney and joining HUD under Obama.

He defeated Pete Sessions, who had served in Congress since 1997:
Lizzie Pannill Fletcher flipped a Texas district that had been under Republican control since George H.W. Bush won it in 1966:
Former Navy commander Elaine Luria had never run for public office before unseating Scott Taylor in Virginia:
Jennifer Wexton became the first Democrat to win an election in her Virginia district since 1978 by beating Barbara Comstock:
Kim Schrier is a pediatrician who “never thought” she would do anything other than care for patients, but "the last election and the utter failure of this Congress to provide checks and balances, or to work together on just about anything” inspired her to run for office:
Haley Stevens was the chief of staff for Obama's "car czar."

Her defeat of Dave Trott helped ensure that Michigan's Oakland County has no GOP representatives for the first time since the 1930s:
Xochitl Torres Small flipped a mostly rural New Mexico district that Democrats had only won one other time over the last 40 years:
Kendra Horn was responsible for probably the most surprising upset of the midterms.

She unseated Steve Russell in an Oklahoma district that is rated as R+10:
Ben McAdams was the mayor of Salt Lake City before defeating former rising Republican star Mia Love in an R+13 Utah district:
Former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor Mikie Sherrill flipped a New Jersey district that had been represented by Republicans since 1985:
Former reporter Angie Craig unseated Jason Lewis to become the first openly gay person that Minnesota has elected to Congress:
Former Army Ranger Jason Crow flipped a Colorado district that had only been represented by the GOP since it was created in 1983:
Another Democratic pickup in California was due to 32-year-old Josh Harder, who unseated Jeff Denham:
Cindy Axne defeated David Young to join Abby Finkenauer as the first women to ever represent Iowa in Congress:
Mike Levin is another newly-elected Democrat from Orange County.

He now holds Darrell Issa's former congressional seat:
Army veteran Max Rose, who was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star after being wounded in Afghanistan, flipped his Staten Island district:
Kyrsten Sinema became the first-ever openly bisexual person elected to the Senate by flipping Jeff Flake's former seat:
Jacky Rosen was the president of her synagogue before entering politics.

Now she is in the Senate after unseating Dean Heller:
Looks like Elizabeth Warren told Pence to stop the government shutdown immediately after being sworn in:
This thread has been very nice.

Now let's ruin it with Ted Cruz's beard.

Can't believe the Secret Service let a supposed accomplice of JFK's assassin that close to the vice president tbh:
Rafalca wasn't part of Mitt Romney's ceremonial swearing-in, but his "lifelong wingman" was there:
Mike Pence's oldest sibling just joined the House.

Greg Pence's Indiana district used to be represented by his brother:
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