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Texas congressman sworn in after beating Trump-backed rival

Texas Republican Jake Ellzey is the newest member of the U.S. House
Texas Republican Jake Ellzey is the newest member of the U.S. House.
Texas Republican Jake Ellzey is the newest member of the U.S. House.(Robert W. Hart/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 12:28 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas Republican Jake Ellzey is the newest member of the U.S. House. Ellzey was sworn into office Friday after winning a special election from a congressional district near Dallas.

He defeated Susan Wright, the widow of Rep. Ron Wright, who died in February after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Ellzey’s victory came despite Susan Wright’s support from former President Donald Trump.

After he was sworn in, Ellzey pledged to serve in Congress with “quiet professionalism.”

He also held a moment of silence for Ron Wright, who died in February just weeks into his second congressional term.

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