WASHINGTON—Representative Seth Moulton was sworn into the 114th Congress on Tuesday afternoon, taking over the Massachusetts Sixth Congressional District seat from former Representative John Tierney.
A Salem native, Moulton will represent the district covering most of the North Shore. The 36-year-old Democrat with three degrees from Harvard University and four tours in Iraq as a Marine defeated Tierney in the Democratic primary in September, ousting the incumbent from a seat he’d held since 1997 and becoming the first Massachusetts Democrat in 22 years to beat an incumbent for the party’s nomination. On Nov. 4th, Moulton beat Republican former State Senate Minority leader Richard Tisei in the general election with 55.4 percent of the vote.
Moulton started his day with an 8:30 a.m. bipartisan prayer breakfast hosted by the House of Representatives Chaplain and House leadership. He, his staff and a handful of supporters then prepared meals later at Martha’s Table, a Washington charity that provides healthful food, clothing and educational support to impoverished neighborhoods in the District.
The soon-to-be congressman sat in the first row of the Democratic side of the House chamber, flanked by two Massachusetts colleagues, Representative Bill Keating and Representative Jim McGovern, as he and other freshman lawmakers were sworn in by Speaker John Boehner.
Moulton said afterward that he’s honored and humbled to be a member of Congress, and that he’d been receiving congratulatory emails and texts all day from friends, fellow Marines and constituents.
“It’s incredibly exciting, but it’s also a huge responsibility,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started on all the work we have to do.”
Representative Joe Kennedy, who begins his second term, said he told Moulton before the ceremony to enjoy today and the beginning of his congressional career.
“He’s going to be an extraordinary part of our delegation and an important voice for the country down here in Washington,” he said.