Republican Tom Graves, a real estate investor and former Georgia state legislator whose campaign had tea party backing, was sworn in Monday as the Houses newest Member.Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) administered the oath of office to Graves, who handily bested state Sen. Lee Hawkins (R) in a June 8 special runoff in Georgias 9th district. Graves will finish the term of former Rep. Nathan Deal (R), who resigned this year to run for governor. The term ends in January.Graves tenure could be short-lived. He is almost certain to face a crowded primary field on July 20 in the solidly Republican district. Roughly a half-dozen Republicans have qualified for the primary ballot.Graves boosts the number of House Republicans to 178, cutting Democrats margin of rule to 77 seats.
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.