(Washington – January 5, 2011) With his two young children at his side and dozens of newly-elected colleagues all around him, Frank Guinta stood on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, raised his right hand and took the oath to represent New Hampshire’s First Congressional District. The en masse swearing-in highlighted the start of the 112th Congress.
The former Manchester mayor and state representative was joined by his seven-year-old daughter, Colby, and his six-year-old son, Jack. The swearing-in ceremony was a rare opportunity for relatives to join Members on the House floor.
“This new Congress has the potential to produce deeply significant change,” Guinta explained. “Because so much of what we do will impact our future, I wanted Colby and Jack to be here for the start of this session. It’s a reminder that the actions of this House over the next two years will impact the lives of our children for many years to come.”
Guinta’s first vote as a Congressman was to select a Speaker of the House. He joined his fellow Republicans in electing John Boehner of Ohio as Speaker. Later, Guinta voted for a sweeping new House Rules package. Its key provisions include: requiring every bill or joint resolution to be accompanied by a statement citing its constitutionality; requiring a bill to be available for Members to review for three calendar days before it can be voted on; and requiring markups of bills to be made public 24 hours before a vote.
“These new rules are an important first step in making sure citizens can easily follow how the people’s business is being conducted,” Guinta said. “The people of New Hampshire sent me here with a clear message. They want this Congress to aggressively work to help small businesses grow and create more jobs, they want us to significantly reduce government spending and bring it under control once again, and they want us to stop the federal power grab that led to last year’s takeover of our nation’s healthcare industry. In the coming weeks and months, I will be actively working with my colleagues to translate these desires into reality.”