New York's two newest members of Congress — Democrat Pat Ryan and Republican Joe Sempolinski — will be ceremonially sworn in on Tuesday after their respective victories in special elections last month.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will swear in Ryan to represent New York's 19th Congressional District and Sempolinski for the 23rd District for the remainder of this congressional term, which expires at the end of the year.

The swearing in will take place on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Ryan defeated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in the Aug. 23 contest to replace former Rep. Antonio Delgado, who resigned in the spring to become lieutenant governor. Sempolinski beat Max Pilla Dia to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Reed, who left office in May to take another job.

The two races were watched closely nationwide.

A state law passed in 2019 demanded special elections for the two districts, even as redistricting has changed the boundaries for the upcoming November elections. While serving out the remainder of the 19th District, Ryan is running for the newly drawn 18th District this fall. Sempolinski in his campaign said he was running only to fill the remainder of the outgoing 23rd District. The new 23rd District will be a contest between state Republican Party Chair Nick Langworthy and Democrat Max Pilla Dia.

Joining Ryan and Sempolinski to be sworn in will also be Alaska Rep.-elect Mary Peltola, a Democrat who defeated Sarah Palin in a special election there to fill the state's lone seat in the House of Representatives.


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