WASHINGTON, D.C.(January 4, 2021)—Iowa Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks was sworn in Sunday with other newly elected members, when the new 117th Congress opened. But Democrats argued it was only “provisional,” prompting House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis to state, “There’s no provisional status for a member of Congress.”
Miller-Meeks was declared the winner on election night by just 47 votes, but her opponent Rita Hart, who is a Democrat requested a recount of all 24 counties in the 2nd Congressional District. That confirmed Miller-Meeks’ victory over Hart by six votes — 196,964 to 196,958.
But Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) and other House Democrats disagreed with the results and have sought to unseat Miller-Meeks, the Republican victor.
As of December 21, 2020, the Iowa’s Congressional race was one of two U.S. House elections whose outcome remained unclear because Pelosi’s Democrats would not accept the outcome; the other was the election in New York’s 22nd Congressional District. Rita Hart intends to file an appeal before the U.S. House Administration Committee—and the results will decide the winner and determine when Pelosi will unseat Miller-Meeks.
The last time Congress seated an elected House member—and later removed them and swear in his opponent following a House panel’s investigation into the race’s ballot count, happened in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District after the 1936 election cycle. The Democrats continue to protest the election results of Miller-Meeks while objecting to the American people objecting to the voter fraud electoral college in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia.
According to the House archives, Republican Arthur Byron Jenks was initially elected to New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District in 1936. But his Democratic opponent, Alphonse Roy, disputed the victory, and a series of recounts ensued. The Ballot Commission of New Hampshire ruled in Jenks’s favor, certifying the victory for the Republican. Jenks was sworn into office in January 1937, wrote the Washington Examiner.
However, Roy contested the race to what was then known as the House Committee on Elections. Seven congressional members of the committee spoke to voters in Newton, New Hampshire, in August 1937 and asked the citizens if they voted in the 1936 election cycle. The members found that there was never any missing ballots, which led them to determine that Roy was the new winner of the 1st Congressional District,” the the Washington Examiner added.
“On June 9, 1938, the Democratic-majority House debated for three hours before approving the committee’s decision and deciding to remove Jenks from his seat and swearing in Roy afterward.”
“However, Roy only represented the New Hampshire district for a few months because Jenks promptly won the seat back during the 1938 election cycle.”