DelBene was sworn in by Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday to finish the term of her predecessor. She will start her first full term in January. She is juggling orientation while already working to serve her constituents, taking votes and interviewing staffers.
“I serve on the board of trustees of a university, and I was kind of worried. ... I hoped I wouldn’t have to step down. I learned I don’t have to,” said Rep.-elect Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who also said the ethics briefing answered questions about what spouses of lawmakers should and should not do.
“There are a lot of exceptions to things,” said Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who found out she had won a too-close-to-call election Monday while she was on a plane. “Lots of rules and a lot of exceptions to the rules. So it’s kind of complex. But luckily we have a binder with all the information so we’ll be fine.”
Rep.-elect Tom Cotton, an Army veteran, said he had experience sitting through presentations like these.
“Death by PowerPoint,” the Arkansas Republican called it.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.