January 3rd is an important day in United States politics. Newly elected members of the House of Representatives are getting sworn in, as well as a big House vote. But, the big nerdy news today has to do with someone choosing a special text to be sworn in with.
Whomever is being sworn in to office gets to pick what text they lay their hand on. This is traditionally something like a holy book (bible, Koran, etc.), but occasionally there are uses of the US Constitution or articles of state from the Representative’s home turf. Federal News Network has a high res image of the table from this morning, actually. (See that here.)
Our favorite though, appeared today. That is an issue of Superman #1, first published in 1939, among the chosen texts. It was on loan from the Library of Congress.
No one is sure who chose the comic, but most think it’s newly elected House Rep Robert Garcia, former Mayor of Long Beach, CA.
Yes, it was indeed Garcia!