Friday, January 14, 2011

Henry Cuellar Sworn Into Office for 4th Term

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Henry Cuellar (Texas 28th District) was sworn into his fourth two-year term in the United States Congress.

“These last several years have been extremely challenging for Texas families,” Congressman Cuellar said.  “It’s crucial that the 28th Congressional District has a strong voice in our nation’s capital, and I am humbled and honored for being allowed to go back to Washington and continue fighting for hard-working Texas families.”

Congressman Cuellar was first sworn in as a member of Congress in January 2005.  “I am going back to Washington with three things in mind: We need to create more jobs. We need to reduce the deficit. And we need to strengthen the middle class,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Working in a bi-partisan way, we will accomplish all three.”

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He previously served as Texas Secretary of State and for 14 years in the Texas House of Representatives. During his six years in office, Congressman Cuellar’s key legislative priorities have been strengthening border security, making healthcare accessible to all, and fiscal responsibility.

“I will continue my quest to ensure that wasteful government spending is a thing of the past,” added Congressman Cuellar. “We need a government that is more accountable and transparent.”

The Speaker of the House led today’s traditional swearing-in ceremony on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Congressman Cuellar recited the oath that every Member of Congress has sworn since 1884:  “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

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