Newly elected U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin welcomed residents from across the 8th Congressional District for a ceremonial swearing-in event at the Lansing Center on Sunday Jan. 13, 2019. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who once represented the 8th District in Congress, delivered remarks and performed the swearing-in.
District-based and constituent services staff were present to answer questions and receive cases, and a bipartisan speaking program featured residents from each of the district’s three counties. Among the speakers was an Army veteran couple from Brighton, who spoke to Slotkin’s commitment to servicing the needs of veterans and military families.
Slotkin called for a return to decency and integrity in politics.
“I urge everyone here to look for those areas of common ground,” Slotkin said. “I refuse to teach our children that we as Americans are irreparably divided. And if Washington cannot lead by example, the people of Michigan are happy to show Washington how to do that.
“I pledge to always listen, even if we don’t always agree. I pledge to stand up for American values and the spirit of what makes us an amazing country, and to fight to bring back a sense of integrity to our democratic system. I pledge to make sure that every working family gets a fair shake — no more, but no less. And I pledge to work my tail off to protect and defend the health of our families, our environment, and our way of life here in Michigan. I pledge these things in front of you, my community, and I know –– and I expect –– you all to hold me to it.”
Slotkin reiterated her pledge to hold a town hall once every three months, as well as release her weekly public schedule. She also discussed plans to maintain a representative in Livingston County, in addition to an office on West Saginaw in Lansing, and a satellite office in Rochester.