… Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Diana DeGette is sworn in as a new member of Congress.
The newly elected DeGette hosted more than 300 of her supporters, family and closest friends at her ceremonial swearing-in as the 19th representative for the 1st Congressional District.
DeGette replaced retiring Democratic Rep. Pat Schroeder, who had served in the seat for 24 years. DeGette defeated her Republican opponent, Joe Rogers,with 56.9 percent to 40.2 percent the previous November.
After taking the (ceremonial) oath of office administered by 10th Circuit Court Judge Carlos Lucero, at the Denver Public Library, DeGette spoke briefly on themes she had emphasized during her campaign.