WASHINGTON—Finally, during a ceremony held in the House chamber of the United States Capitol, Brittany Pettersen was officially sworn in as a Member of the House of Representatives for the 118th Congress. Pettersen made history becoming the first woman ever to represent Colorado’s 7th Congressional District in the House. She released the statement below following the ceremony:
“I am honored and humbled to be sworn in as a Member of Congress representing the place I grew up and I call home. As our nation faces urgent challenges, I do not take the oath my new colleagues and I swore to tonight lightly. I will support and defend our Constitution, work tirelessly to improve the lives of Coloradans and Americans, and will never lose sight of why I am here.
“The people of Colorado’s 7th Congressional District sent me to Congress to fight for them—to lower costs for families, to combat the climate crisis, to protect basic freedoms like the right to choose and the right to vote, to stop gun violence, and to give everyone a shot at the American dream. It won’t be easy, but I promise to show up every day to fight to make regular people’s lives better.”
Pettersen grew up in a working-class family in Jefferson County, Colorado, where she now lives with her husband and son. She was the first in her family to graduate from both high school and college, and then went on to serve in the Colorado legislature for ten years. In Congress, Pettersen will be a strong advocate for hardworking families, small businesses, and those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Her Committee assignments are expected to be announced in the coming days. To stay up-to-date on what Pettersen is doing in Congress, follow her on Twitter here, or Facebook here.