TAYLORVILLE — Illinois 13th District U.S. Congressman-elect Rodney Davis was officially sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 113th Congress on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in front of his wife, children, family and friends in Washington D.C.
The oath was administered by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Although Davis has been a Congressional staffer for a long time, the swearing-in ceremony was still just as exciting for him.
Davis’ three children - Toryn, Clark and Griffin - were all with him on the floor during the swearing-in. The rest of his family members and some friends sat in the House gallery. “I will tell you, when I got on the floor, I thought of Taylorville and what Taylorville means to me and how proud I am. I’m very humbled.”
With eight weeks to resolve the remaining “fiscal cliff” matters, Davis says he feels like there is going to be some energy to move along some solutions. “I feel both parties are part to blame for the past two years. We’ve seen a lot of partisanship and a lot of issues dealt with only on political partisanship. It’s got to stop, both Democrats and Republicans, we see that. And that’s what I’m optimistic about; only time will tell though.”
Asked if there’s any chance of a better dynamic between Congress and the President with the swearing-in of the new Congress, Rodney replied: “I hope so. I truly hope so. But, only time will tell. I know I’ll be working toward a more conciliatory tone in Washington.”
His priorities are to find common ground solutions and more bipartisanship in Washington. “When we do [find common ground solutions and bipartisanship], we will see some common sense solutions put forth that will avoid any more fiscal cliffs or other artificial deadlines.”
Davis said that Christian County residents will still see him on a regular basis as he will commute back and forth. While in Washington, Rodney will stay in his office.
“I’d like to thank the people of Taylorville, Pana and Christian County for supporting me and allowing me to be representative. I’ll take this job seriously every single day.”