Rep. Katie Hill sworn in, votes to end government shutdownMai Nguyen Do January 3, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Former nonprofit executive Katie Hill was sworn in as the 25th Congressional District’s new congresswoman on Thursday, Jan. 3.
Shortly after taking the oath of office, Hill returned to the House floor along with her new colleagues to cast her first votes on an appropriations bill to end the government shutdown — sans border wall funding — and a rules package that includes a provision requiring that new spending be offset by either spending cuts or increases in government revenue. Both bills still have yet to be voted on by the Senate.
The Democrat defeated incumbent Republican Steve Knight in the Nov. 6, 2018 midterm election by 21,396 votes, making history as the 25th Congressional District’s first female and openly bisexual representative.
Hill was one of 127 women sworn in to serve in the 116th Congress, the highest number of women to serve in Congress in American history, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at the Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics.
“This is a moment for the generations,” Hill said during a speech at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) welcome reception for the House’s new female representatives. “This isn’t just a moment in a generation, but it is a moment for generations of women from the past and in the future.”
At 31 years old, Hill is the third-youngest member of the House, preceded only by Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York). Despite being one of the youngest incoming representatives, Hill was elected to represent the freshman class as part of the Democratic House leadership team.
Constituents interested in visiting Hill in D.C. can find the new congresswoman and her staff in the Longworth House Office Building in office 1130.
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.