Rep. August Pfluger holds ceremonial swearing-in

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 10:32 PM CST
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Rep. August Pfluger (R, TX-11) held a ceremonial swearing-in on Monday at the Bush Federal Courthouse in Midland.

The event was a ‘who’s-who’ of local politics. Midland Mayor Lori Blong, Midland County Judge Jerry Johnson, and numerous law enforcement heads were among the local leaders who attended the event; most heard a friendly message.

“We have an administration that’s declared war on the oil and gas industry, on the fossil fuel industry,” Pfluger said.

Pfluger promised to work to build West Texas’ energy industry, tackle inflation, and increase border security.

“I think it’s really important that we get after this border crisis,” Pfluger said. “That we hold the administration accountable, that we actually secure the border, and make sure the administration will do the same.”

With a majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans will have more power in Pfluger’s second term. That power allows them to set up committees to investigate multiple government agencies, including the Justice Department.

“Now, it’s time for us to get to work as the Republican majority to show the American people that we’re serious about governing, that we want the best from this country, and that includes making it strong, prosperous, and accountable,” Pfluger said.

The effectiveness of these goals could be limited, with Democrats controlling the Senate and Presidency.