CBC Reflections on Opening Day and the Future

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  • "Conscience of the Congress"
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson
  • Rep. Donald Payne Jr.
  • Rep. Lacy Clay
  • James Clyburn
  • Cedric Richmond
  • Elijah Cummings
  • Gregory Meeks
  • Joyce Beatty
  • Donna Edwards
  • Terri Sewell
  • Rep. Barbara Lee
  • Emanuel Cleaver

Rep. Bennie Thompson (Mississippi): How does this swearing-in feel different from the official one?

It's people of color coming together around a common bond, which is doing all you can for people of color, which ultimately will be of benefit to this country. It's good to see old friends, people who support your politics and think like you do. So it's always a highlight of the swearing-in process in that you get sworn in by people who care and matter.  

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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