GOP lawmaker replaced by fellow Republican following felony conviction

Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R) made headlines earlier this year when he stepped down after being convicted of three felonies.

Voters in Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District chose to replace him with former state House Speaker Mike Flood (R), who was sworn in on Tuesday. 

Pledges to be honest

“When the people of Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District woke up this morning, they simply wanted to know that their elected officials and leaders were working to solve problems, create opportunities for their children and make sure our homeland is safe,” The Hill quoted Flood as saying on the House floor.

“In that spirit, with a deep sense of abiding love for our country, I look forward to working with all of you to find solutions to America’s toughest problems,” he continued

Flood promised “to be honest, work for the betterment of our country and conduct myself in such a way that I honor this institution, the people’s House.”

What’s more, Flood went on to point out how he was sworn in on what would have been the 79th birth of his late mother.

“My mom passed away in January, and today would have been her 79th birthday,” Flood explained, noting, “And although she’s a Democrat, I know she is smiling from heaven as I took my oath tonight.”

Impressive credentials

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) made a point of welcoming his new caucus member in a statement released on Tuesday, saying that Flood “stands for strong conservative values and he has a dedicated conviction in the right to life.”

“I am looking forward to working with Mike on the issues impacting the constituents of our districts and Americans across the country,” McCarthy stressed

“This is a great day for the people of Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District, who will once again have a Representative who will fight for them here in Congress,” he concluded.

According to Fox News, Flood’s predecessor was found guilty of lying to authorities about an illegal campaign donation from a foreign national.

“It has been my honor to serve with you in the United States House of Representatives. Due to the difficulties of my current circumstances, I can no longer effectively serve,” Fortenberry said in March when he announced his resignation.

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