Liz Cheney was sworn in as Wyoming’s U.S. representative Tuesday afternoon as the 115th Congress convened in a year in which Republicans promise a course change for the nation.
Cheney said her husband, five children and parents were present. Her father, Dick Cheney, is the former Vice President under President George W. Bush.
Shortly after the ceremony, Cheney said the House began voting.
“We’re voting on a series of procedural votes right now,” she said late Tuesday afternoon from the U.S. Capitol. “We’ll be adopting the rules for the way the Congress can operate in the session.”
Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin asked Cheney to serve on the House Rules Committee, she said.
The committee decides the terms of debate for bills that proceed to the House floor, such as lengths of debate and amendments that will be allowed.
As a freshman, Cheney said she is excited to serve on the committee. She will be able to get an up-close view of the legislative process and will have an early influence on bills, she said.
Additional committee assignments will be announced next week.
She hopes to serve on the House Natural Resources Committee.
Cheney, a Republican, said she’s met colleagues in Congress and U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, also Republicans from Wyoming. She said she’s met with Enzi and Barrasso a number of times since her Nov. 8 victory.
“I’m really looking forward to working with both of them,” she said. “They both have important seats on the Senate side. It’s going to be a historic session. I think we’re going to get a lot done.”
On Jan. 20, President-elect Donald Trump, also a Republican, will be sworn into office. With both chambers of Congress and the presidency, the GOP plans to enact sweeping changes to business regulations, the tax code and health care.