Slaughter persisted, questioning whether other lawmakers had also failed to take the oath. “Are we sure we’re through here?” she asked. “Are there any other people who decided not to take the oath?”
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) also missed taking the oath of office Wednesday. A spokesman said he was in Oregon taking care of a district matter and that he was sworn in Thursday morning. He did not participate in any votes before taking the oath.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.