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Blake Moore, Burgess Owens sworn into 117th Congress

Jan 3, 2021, 5:25 PM | Updated: 7:55 pm
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One of Utah's newest members of Congress, Blake Moore, was sworn into office Jan. 3, taking on the role to represent Utah's 1st Congressional District. (Photo courtesy House of Representatives)
(Photo courtesy House of Representatives)

WASHINGTON, DC — Blake Moore, one of Utah’s newest members of Congress, was sworn into office Sunday evening officially taking on the role of representing the state’s 1st Congressional District. Moore will join the 117th Congress beginning Monday. 

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the First District of Utah in the 117th Congress,” Moore said in a statement. “This is a crucial time in our nation’s history, and I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to represent northern and northeastern Utah.

 

Moore defeated his opponent Darren Parry to fill Utah’s only open congressional seat in the 2020 election, replacing Rep. Rob Bishop. Bishop announced in 2019 he would not run for re-election.

Before being elected to Congress, Moore worked in foreign service as well as for small businesses — noting that this experience guides his positions on domestic and foreign policy. 

“I look forward to championing aspirational, inclusive, and pro-growth ideals, and I will bring the First District’s values of family, community, and sacrificial service to the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Moore ran on a platform that championed the economy, education, and national security. The new Congressman was joined by his wife Jane and his son, Max, as he took oath Sunday. 

Burgess Owens, former NFL player and frequent Fox News commentator, was also sworn into Congress Sunday. Although he did not release details from his swearing-in, the newest 4th Congressional District representative posted a photo alongside House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and 10 others. 

“Today, I took an oath to defend the constitution; an oath I do not take lightly,” Owens tweeted. “I’m honored #UT04 has chosen me to represent them in Washington. I promise to serve you to the best of my ability. From Juab & Sanpete to Utah & Salt Lake counties, thank you. I will make you proud.”

 

Owens defeated then-Rep. Ben McAdams, who only served one term after upsetting Mia Love in 2018. The new Congressmember is part of the GOP-lead group planning to object the Electoral College certification next week, rejecting President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

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Blake Moore, Burgess Owens sworn into 117th Congress