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Nancy Pelosi, Newly Appointed House Speaker, Welcomes Musicians To Ceremony
Newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been sworn in at the Capitol on the opening day of the 116th Congress, marking the beginning of her second term as House speaker.
GRAMMY-winning musical legend and Pelosi's longtime friend Tony Bennett and the Grateful Dead's GRAMMY-winning drummer Mickey Hart were among her guests, along with family members, at the ceremony on Jan. 3.
— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) January 3, 2019
Pelosi, who beat Republican nominee Kevin McCarthy, is so far the only woman to have been elected House speaker. Her first term was from 2007–2011.
Bennett, who reportedly serenaded Pelosi the night before the ceremony at an exclusive dinner at the Italian Embassy, and Hart took to Twitter to show support for Pelosi, with Bennett tweeting a picture of himself at the Capitol. Hart, meanwhile, retweeted Pelosi with "Proud of our democracy and diversity today."
Proud of our democracy and our diversity today. https://t.co/i591rlkm95
— Mickey Hart (@mickeyhart) January 3, 2019
The new class of Congress includes a record number of women, 127 in total, and is one of the most diverse in its history.