Hoeven, Berg sworn in to U.S. Congress

FARGO – Today was a pivotal day in the lives of John Hoeven and Rick Berg, as well as being an historic day for North Dakota.

The two Republican men were sworn in to the U.S. Congress this afternoon, becoming two of North Dakota’s three federal representatives in Washington, D.C.

In both the Senate and the House, Hoeven and Berg were sworn in en masse with their freshmen colleagues. Afterward, each was personally sworn in during a re-enacted ceremony that their families could attend.

Vice President Joe Biden swears in North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven during a re-enacted ceremony Jan. 5 attended by Hoeven's wife, Mikey, and other members of his family. Photo c/o John Hoeven's office.

Hoeven, the former governor for North Dakota, was sworn into office by Vice President Joe Biden along with 13 other new senators.

“Mikey and I are honored and excited to be here in our nation’s capital serving the people of North Dakota, and we deeply appreciate this opportunity,” Hoeven said in a statement. “We believe in the enormous potential and talents of North Dakotans, and the strength of the American people. We are committed to doing all we can to build a better future for our state and our nation.”

Accompanying Hoeven on the floor of the U.S. Senate were North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad and former North Dakota Republican Sen. Mark Andrews.

Conrad released a statement this afternoon for the occasion:

“Lucy and I extend our sincere congratulations to Senator Hoeven, Mikey and their family,” Conrad said. “Senator Hoeven and I have worked well together for almost 20 years. We have been like minded on many issues critical to the people of North Dakota.”

“In these challenging times, North Dakota and the nation expect us to work together, to find common ground and put our nation on a sustainable and prosperous path,” Conrad continued. “I look forward to a productive, effective working relationship with Senator Hoeven in the months and years to come.”

Meanwhile, the group swearing-in for the U.S. House took place in the early afternoon, Berg’s office said.

House Speaker John Boehner swears-in North Dakota Rep. Rick Berg, right, Jan. 5 in a re-enacted ceremony that was attended by Berg's wife, Tracy, and other members of his family. Photo c/o Rick Berg's office

“I am humbled and honored by this opportunity to represent North Dakota,” Berg said in a statement. “I look forward to serving the people of our state and working toward sound fiscal policies that will help renew our nation and our economy.”

According to his office, Berg was joined on the House floor by his son, Jack, while his wife, Tracy, and mother, Francie, watched the ceremony from the House gallery.

Hoeven’s and Berg’s ascension to Congress marks the first bipartisan North Dakota delegation in more than two decades.

In November, Hoeven handidly won the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan, making Hoeven the first Republican senator in North Dakota in 24 years.

Meanwhile, Berg defeated longtime Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy by a 10-point margin after a highly contentious race. Berg is the first Republican representative for the state in 30 years.