Following their respective triumphs in last month’s special elections, Democrats Pat Ryan and Republicans Joe Sempolinski will be ceremonially sworn in as members of Congress on Tuesday.
Ryan will be sworn in as the representative for the 19th Congressional District of New York and Sempolinski as the representative for the 23rd District for the duration of the current congressional term, which ends at the end of the year. On the House of Representatives floor, the induction will take place. In the Aug. 23 election to succeed former Rep. Antonio Delgado, who resigned in the spring to become lieutenant governor, Ryan defeated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. Sempolinski defeated Max Pilla Dia to take Rep. Tom Reed’s vacant seat after he resigned.
A state law passed in 2019 demanded special elections for the two districts, even as redistricting has changed the boundaries for the upcoming November elections. While serving out the remainder of the 19th District, Ryan is running for the newly drawn 18th District this fall. Sempolinski in his campaign said he was running only to fill the remainder of the outgoing 23rd District. The new 23rd District will be a contest between state Republican Party Chair Nick Langworthy and Democrat Max Pilla Dia.
Joining Ryan and Sempolinski to be sworn in will also be Alaska Rep.-elect Mary Peltola, a Democrat who defeated Sarah Palin in a special election there to fill the state’s lone seat in the House of Representatives
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