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Continued: Jan. 5, 2007: A jubilant day of firsts in Congress

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ and BRADY AVERILL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 21, 2007 - 11:31 AM

True to his common-man image, Walz changed his son's diaper on his first day as a congressman. "I think I'm the only congressman to change a diaper on a desk," he said shortly before his swearing-in. As he prepared to take the oath of office, he held his son, Gus, who spit up on him. His daughter, Hope, was at his side. After Pelosi was sworn in as speaker, she invited children to touch the gavel. Hope was among the children who got to stand next to Pelosi.

Walz, the only Minnesotan to unseat an incumbent in last fall's elections, said the highlight of his day was bringing his children to the House floor: "So people back home really feel like it's the people's House," he said.

A military man and a public school teacher, Walz said he wants to be a voice for the middle class. He said, "If I lose that, I probably won't be here."

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