The crop of D.C. Council members who won their respective contests in November were sworn in Wednesday at the Washington Convention Center, marking the beginning of the council’s 20th period. Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), Vincent Orange (D-At Large) and David Grosso (I-At Large) all took the oath of office while friends, family and colleagues watched. Here’s some of what you missed.
Your newest D.C. Council member: Grosso formally took o
ffice after having defeated council member Michael Brown in November. It might not be long until they serve together, though; this week Brown picked up nominating petitions for April’s special election to fill an at-large seat.
Best (and slightly shameless) RGIII name-drop: Props to Orange, who included the Redskins’ star quarterback in his recitation of all things going right for D.C. (RGIII could just as well be claimed by Prince George’s and Loudoun County, where he plays and lives, respectively.) “We had no quarterback, now we have RGIII!” said Orange to loud applause.
Most uses of “Yes, we can” in speech: Orange, who used the Obama ’08 campaign phrase some 10 times in his acceptance speech.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]