Rep. Seth Magaziner sworn in as member of 118th Congress

FILE - Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is photographed in his office in Providence, R.I., Feb. 7, 2022. Magaziner had been running for Rhode Island governor but switched races after Rep. Jim Langevin's retirement announcement to try to keep the seat in Democratic control. New Hampshire, Delaware and Rhode Island will hold their primaries on Tuesday, Sept. 13. (David Goldman - staff, AP)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island U.S. Rep. Seth Magaziner was sworn into the 118th Congress in Washington D.C. on Saturday.

The swearing was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed by the extended election for House Speaker.

In a statement, Magaziner said he was honored to serve the people of Rhode Island and thanked all the voters who “placed their trust” in him.

“I ran for Congress to deliver for working people, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do as your U.S. Representative,” Magaziner said. “I am ready to roll my sleeves up and get to work on cutting costs for working Rhode Islanders, so that no one is forced to choose between paying for rent or life-saving medications.”

In response to the Dobbs decision, Magaziner said he would work to protect women’s access to reproductive healthcare and “fight against Republican efforts to restrict abortion rights.”

“You have my word that I will protect the crucial Social Security and Medicare benefits that Rhode Islanders have worked so hard to earn,” he continued.

Magaziner concluded his statement by saying “my message is simple. Whether you voted for me or not, I will work every day for all Rhode Islanders. Over the next two years, I will fight for you and your families just as I would fight for my own. I can’t wait to get started.”

Magaziner replaced Rep. Jim Langevin, who decided not to run for re-election after serving 11 terms.

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