WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Seth Magaziner (D-RI, Dist. 2) was sworn-in as the Member of Congress from Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District Jan. 7.
Magaziner’s swearing in was scheduled for Jan. 3, but that was delayed while Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA, Dist. 20) failed to win a post-Civil War record 14 votes to name him Speaker of the House. He succeeded on the 15th vote, clearing the way to swear in Magaziner and his fellow newly elected representatives.
“I am deeply honored to serve the people of Rhode Island as the United States Representative for the Second Congressional District. Thank you to all of the voters who have placed their trust in me to fight for them,” Magaziner said in an announcement.
“I ran for Congress to deliver for working people, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do as your U.S. Representative. I am ready to roll my sleeves up and get to work on cutting costs for working Rhode Islanders, so that no one is forced to choose between paying for rent or life-saving medications. In the wake of the devastating Dobbs decision, I will work to protect women’s access to reproductive healthcare where I can, and fight back against Republican efforts to restrict abortion rights where I must. And you have my word that I will protect the crucial Social Security and Medicare benefits that Rhode Islanders have worked so hard to earn,” he said.
My message is simple – whether you voted for me or not, I will work every day for all Rhode Islanders. Over the next two years, I will fight for you and your families just as I would fight for my own. I can’t wait to get started,” Magaziner said.
The former state Treasurer led Republican former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, 52-45 percent during the Nov. 8 election for the U.S. House seat recently vacated by the retirement of longtime Rep. James Langevin.
Magaziner maintained a 52-to-46 lead in Warwick, and held a 50.3 percent tally of district-wide votes over Fung, as of 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 9.
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