Oklahoma's 1st district congressman, Kevin Hern of Tulsa; just posted his own observations while watching the new congress being sworn in, this weekend.
Hern is serving his 2nd term and will be continuing to provide constituent services to the people of his district, in N.E. Oklahoma.
Here's are Kevin Hern's personal remarks..
Yesterday, I took my oath of office and we launched the 117th Congress. This Congress, and particularly this Republican House Conference, is historic in many ways. We have the most Republican women to ever serve in the House, as well as the most diverse Republican conference we have ever seen as well.
Most importantly, we have a historic margin between the majority and the minority – the likes of which we haven’t seen in modern history. The Democrats have less than a dozen seats over the Republicans, which means that bipartisan work will be essential in order to get legislation through the House.
Something that struck me particularly bizarre yesterday is that Pelosi forced Democrat Representatives who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 (including one who tested positive just 6 days ago) to travel to DC and vote for her as Speaker in person. When the House debated and passed some of the largest aid packages in the history of our country last spring and summer, Pelosi was willing to allow her members to vote by proxy in the name of safety, but when it came to securing her position as Speaker, safety is apparently no longer a concern.
Nancy Pelosi is the most unpopular figure in politics – by a long shot. Among both parties, she repeatedly polls dismally low, yet continues to hold onto the most powerful position in the House of Representatives. She is already struggling to control the progressive wing of her party and lost nearly all of her moderates because of her terrible leadership over the last two years. The American people are demanding a change, demanding common-sense leadership that puts our people – and not politicians – first. We deserve better, and I hope to help deliver that to the American people.
If there is anything my office can do to help you, or if you have any questions or concerns, please visit Hern.house.gov or call my offices at (918) 935-3222 in Tulsa or (202) 225-2211 in DC.
I can personally attest to the high level of constituent services, and the impact they have to resolve issues for the citizens that Congressman Hern represents. I have had to seek help from his office twice in the past year, and both times the impasse with federal agencies were resolved within a few days, thanks to his intervention. - David Van Risseghem