On Sunday, Jan. 3, Michelle Fischbach was sworn-in as a member of the 117th Congress representing Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District.

“As I took the oath of office today," Fischbach said, "I felt an intense sense of responsibility for both our nation and the people of the Seventh District of Minnesota, who I now have the privilege of representing in Congress. I want to thank the people of the Seventh District for placing their trust in me; my commitment is now, and will always be, to my constituents. I also want to thank my family for their unwavering support.

“These are unprecedented times – and there is little doubt that our values will continue to come under attack from the increasingly radical left. However, as I look around at my new colleagues, I am confident that we are up to the task of fighting for our shared ideals and for the nation we love.

“I look forward to serving western Minnesota in the 117th Congress. I vow to fight for our great state and nation every day that I have the honor of being a Member of Congress.”

On Wednesday, Fischbach issued the following statement as the joint session of Congress was to meet to formally consider the electoral votes for the President and Vice-President of the United States:

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“Today, I plan to vote for the objections to the certification of electoral votes in certain contested states. This election was shrouded in allegations of irregularities and fraud too voluminous to ignore. In order to fulfill my duty to the constitution and my constituents, I believe there must be a proper investigation to consider these claims.

“Perhaps most fundamental to the rights of an American is the right to vote, and we must do all we can to protect that franchise. If the American people lose faith in the integrity of their elections, the impact would be an irreversible and catastrophic blow to the exercise of free and fair democracy.

“Minnesotans can count on me to continue being a vigorous defender of election integrity and our democracy.”