Locals attend Brooks swearing in

Athens residents and Limestone County Republican Executive Committee members Jim and Jo Burden, left, and Randy and Marnie Smeenk, right, were with Congressman Mo Brooks in his Washington office shortly after his swearing-in ceremony.

Alabama’s newly elected Republican 5th District Congressman Mo Brooks took the oath of office Wednesday from Congressional Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio. Among those in attendance for the ceremony were Limestone County GOP Chairman Jim Burden and wife Jo.

Wednesday evening events included a reception for Congressman Brooks and newly elected Congresswomen Martha Roby, R-Birmingham, and Terry Sewell, D-Selma. It was hosted by senior Alabama 6th District Congressman Spencer Backus, R-Mobile. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, also attended the reception and commented on upcoming legislation.  

The Burdens and Smeenks also took part in other festivities while in Washington, which included Capitol and Library of Congress tours as well as an office visit with newly elected Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem of South Dakota.


On Giffords attack


Brooks, who has been appointed to the Armed Services Committee and the Space, Science, and Technology Committee, this week expressed his shock and condolences on the shooting of colleague and fellow committee member Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

“Today is a sad day for our country,” said Brooks. “At the heart of our Republic is the belief in peaceful dissent, and this shooting is an assault on the freedoms Americans hold dear.

“Congresswoman Giffords is a talented legislator and a fellow member of the House Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology committees. Martha and I extend our deepest sympathies to all of the victims’ families during this time of great sadness, and we hope for the full recovery of Congresswoman Giffords and the other survivors of this senseless attack.”




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