But once the US House Republicans elect a speaker and swear in new representatives, Robert Garcia (D-Ca.) will be sworn in on the Constitution and the original 1939 Superman comic instead of the Bible.
In a report from The Washington Post, Garcia, a comic book enthusiast and former Long Beach mayor was supposed to be sworn in on Tuesday.
Taking to his official Twitter account, he shared the three items that "personally" have significance to him that will be included in his swearing-in ceremony.
"A photo of my parents who I lost to Covid, my citizenship certificate & an original Superman #1 from the @libraryofcongress," he tweeted, in part, alongside the cherished mementos.
\u201cWill be proudly sworn-in to Congress on the U.S. Constitution. Underneath the Constitution will be 3 items that mean a lot to me personally. A photo of my parents who I lost to covid, my citizenship certificate & an original Superman #1 from the @librarycongress. \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83d\ude0a\u201d
Superman #1 was the first issue of the superhero comic that was published in 1939. It came a year after the character debuted in Action comics.
When Garcia was five-years-old, he immigrated from Lima, Peru, to California with his family.
His mother, a healthcare worker, and stepfather died of covid-19 in 2020 while he was a mayor.
His campaign website noted that the deaths of parents prompted him to expand vaccination and testing efforts in his city.
And despite the Superman comic seeming out of place compared to the other documents, Garcia has explained the deeper meaning behind the comic.
In 2021, DC Comicsconfirmed that the new Superman was bisexual, and Garcia, an openly gay man, said he "became a Superman fan as a kid because I related to him. An immigrant, a sense of justice, and a secret identity."
Elsewhere, it's worth noting that the Superman comic being used for an oath of office is legal.
According to Article VI of the Constitution, elected officials don't have to use a Bible, and "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
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