Republican Kevin McCarthy was elected as the House speaker in a historic vote that took place in the early hours of Saturday morning. The vote came after four days of grueling ballots, during which McCarthy flipped over a dozen conservative holdouts to become supporters, including the chairman of the chamber’s Freedom Caucus. McCarthy secured the necessary votes in the 15th round of voting, making him the second in the line of succession to the presidency.
Shortly after McCarthy’s appointment, members of the U.S. House of Representatives were sworn in, including Second District Congressman Rudy Yakym, who released the following statement after taking the oath:
“I am honored and deeply grateful for the privilege to continue serving Hoosiers of Indiana’s Second District.
“From lowering costs for hardworking families, making our communities and world safer, unleashing American energy, to balancing the budget, a new Congress is a new opportunity to solve our most pressing challenges, and Americans are counting on us to deliver.
“As I work with my colleagues to find common ground and commonsense, conservative solutions, I will stay true to Hoosier values, the people who sent me here, and the sacred oath I have sworn to uphold.”
Yakym has already been working on Capitol Hill, having finished out the remainder of the late Jackie Walorski’s term, after her death in a car crash last summer.