Louisiana's new U.S. House members to be sworn in Tuesday
BATON ROUGE - The newest members of Louisiana's congressional delegation are officially taking their seats.
Recently-elected U.S. Reps. Ralph Abraham and Garret Graves, both members of the GOP, will be sworn into office Tuesday, along with 56 other freshmen lawmakers from around the country. They will join a growing Republican majority in the House.
Abraham takes over the northeast Louisiana-based 5th District seat previously held by Republican Vance McAllister, who lost his re-election bid after a cheating scandal. Graves holds the Baton Rouge-based 6th District seat vacated by Republican Bill Cassidy.
Cassidy is moving up Tuesday, taking the oath of office as Louisiana's newest U.S. senator. He defeated Democrat Mary Landrieu in December to win the seat, and he'll join a new Republican majority taking control of that chamber.