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Louisiana elected officials comment on inauguration of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

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Posted at 1:29 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 18:17:00-05

On Wednesday, January 20, Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the 46th president of the United States.

Moments before he took that oath, Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first female vice president in the nation's history. She is also the first Black woman and first person of South Asian descent to hold the position.

Among the spectators at the capitol this morning, which included three former presidents and first ladies, were several Louisiana elected officials.

During and following the inaugural ceremony, those officials posted photos and statements about the morning's events.

Gov. John Bel Edwards was in attendance at the Capitol. He posted a photo to his social media accounts asking Louisianans to "heed [Biden's] call to unite with our whole souls as we work together to address the many issues facing our country."

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) was also in attendance with his wife Laura. The congressman posted a photo to twitter.

Following the inauguration, Cassidy released a statement:

"I look forward to working with the Biden administration to create more and better paying jobs for Louisiana workers, to lower the cost of health care, to improve the lives of Louisiana families, and to drive our country forward," said Dr. Cassidy.

Congressman Steve Scalise snapped a photo on Wednesday with Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, another Louisiana native who was nominated by President Trump and confirmed in 2020 as an Associate United States Supreme Court Justice.

"Great to see Justice Amy Coney Barrett at the Capitol," the post reads.

U.S. Representative Mike Johnson, who was not in attendance at Wednesday's ceremony due to a medical appointment, released the following statement on the inauguration:

"This 59th Inauguration Day is a testament to the enduring American tradition of transferring the enormous power of the presidency. I am proud of all the extraordinary things Congress was able to accomplish working with President Trump and his administration to benefit our districts and our states.

"In the 117th Congress, I look forward to working together on big priorities like helping to address our infrastructure needs, expand rural broadband access, and ensure our military installations have the resources they need to keep Americans safe.

"We hope that the appeal to unity today is sincere and that the actions of the Biden Administration match that message. If not, I'll be ready to help lead my House colleagues against any attempts by the Administration to enact an agenda that would jeopardize our cherished freedoms. Our institutions endured unprecedented stress this month, but they stood the test, and now we must get back to the hard work."

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., issued the following statement:

“President Biden wasted no time enacting job-killing and dangerous policies. His first-day executive orders make America less secure, weaponize government against private industry, and further injure our economy. I will continue working in Congress to provide oversight over the actions of this administration."

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