Congressman Henry Cuellar was sworn into his seventh term in the United States House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 3, by Speaker Paul Ryan.
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.”
“We have a lot to accomplish during this next Congress,” Congressman Cuellar said. “As the representative for South Texas and the border, I will make sure to work with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to continue our work to provide affordable and quality health care, higher education opportunities, expand trade, improve government efficiency, and bring more well-paying jobs to Texas.”
Congressman Cuellar was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004 and is currently a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the most senior Congressman on the Texas border, Chairman of the Texas Democratic Delegation as well Senior Whip and Chairman of Communication of the Blue Dog Coalition.
He previously served as Texas Secretary of State and for 14 years represented Laredo in the Texas House of Representatives.