New Members Of 113th Congress Reflect On Facebook

By Jennifer Moire 

It’s a new year and a new U.S. Congress, and new and old members are taking to Facebook to share their photos and their thoughts commemorating the start of the 113th Congress.

Speaker of the House John Boehner was re-elected, as was Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. A total of 12 newly elected senators will have new Facebook presences, and 82 freshmen will join the House and join Facebook with new pages. Women will have the strongest congressional presence in U.S. history, with 62 Democrats and 19 Republicans getting sworn in Thursday.

The U.S. Congress on Facebook page is among the many outlets updating its Facebook activity on the first day of the 113th Congress.

For example, Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) posted this photo of the record number of women in the House.

There are also a record number of women in the U.S. Senate. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska shared this photo with National Journal reporter Jill Lawrence, who posted it to Facebook.

Ted Cruz, the new junior senator from Texas and one of the most high-profile of the newly elected senators, took to Facebook to share his committee assignments with his followers, and to say that he is “honored to be sworn as in the 34th U.S. senator from the great state of Texas.”

Facebook was integral to Cruz’s primary win last summer, and his Facebook page already has more than 102,000 Facebook likes (Boehner’s page has just over 25,000).

Sen. Angus King is an Independent party member from Maine who will caucus with the Democrats. He alerted his 1,000-plus Facebook followers to his swearing in Thursday.

Advocacy groups are also weighing in to spotlight their members. Emily’s List featured the new Democratic congresswoman from Wisconsin, Tammy Duckworth.

Finally, to commemorate his swearing in as speaker, Boehner updated his cover photo and featured the full text and video of his address to the 113th Congress.

Democratic Leader Pelosi also shared video of her address with her 67,524 Facebook followers, telling them, “I know all too well that we will not always agree. But I hope, with all my heart, that we will find the common ground that is a higher, better place for our country.”

Readers: Has your member of Congress taken to Facebook to talk about their swearing in Thursday?