Salud Carbajal raised his right hand and was sworn in Tuesday — along with 437 other members of Congress — as the new representative of the 24th Congressional District on the House floor, accompanied by his teenage son, Michael. Carbajal, a Democrat and a 12-year county supervisor, replaces Lois Capps.
Carbajal cast his first vote against a rule imposing fines of $2,500 on any members of Congress who take photographs or videos of themselves while on the House floor. The measure was pushed by the Republican leadership in reaction to a sit-in that took place on the House floor six months ago by many Democratic congressmembers, Capps included, protesting the Republican refusal to allow any gun control measures to come to a vote.
Carbajal — a member of the Democratic minority — has yet to be assigned to any committee. He’s applied for appointment to Veterans Affairs, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Science, Space, and Technology.