Speaker of the House Paul Ryan raises on the gavel on the opening day. From the Speaker's Facebook page.
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Here is a gallery of photos assembled from various Facebook pages of Maryland’s two new representatives and new junior senator on the day of their swearing in to the 115th Congress.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, left, does ceremonial swearing in for newly elected Rep. Anthony Brown, the former lieutenant governor as wife Karmen holds the Bible.
New U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a former state senator, held a reception in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress.
The newly elected Democratic members of Congress on the steps of the Capitol last year. Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin are in the middle of the second row from the bottom.
The nameplate and guest book st the door of Rep. Jamie Raskin’s office.
Rep. Jamie Raskin and Sen. Ben Cardin, now the senior senator from Maryland.
Rep. Jamie Raskin gets attention from the local media.
Vice President Joe Biden does a ceremonial swearing in for new Sen. Chris Van Hollen as Katherine Van Hollen holds the Bible.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen held a reception at Union Station joined by the new Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who has appointed Van Hollen as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Van Hollen held a similar role in the House.
The long and the short of it. Sen. Barbara Mikulski ends her 40 years in Congress, with Sen. Ben Cardin, left, and her successor, Sen. Chris Van Hollen.
Rep. John Delaney and his wife April were at the Raskin reception.
Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board
He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009.
He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.