District Court to Hold “Ceremonial” Swearing-In for Congresswoman Bordallo & U.S. Marshal Leon Guerrero

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Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announced that U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood will hold a ceremonial swearing-in for her and U.S. Marshall for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands Frank Leon Guerrero.  Judge D. Brock Hornby, Chair, Committee on the Judicial Branch, recommended that federal judges administer the oath of office for Members of Congress in the district they represent, and Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood invited the Congresswoman to have a ceremony on Guam.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 28, 2011 in the Hall of Governors at the Latte of Freedom, located at the Ricardo J. “Ricky” Bordallo Governor’s Complex in Adelup.  The event is open to the public, and all residents are invited to attend.

Congresswoman Bordallo was officially sworn-in for her fifth term as Guam’s Delegate to the House of Representatives on January 5, 2011 by Speaker John Boehner in Washington, D.C.   U.S. Marshal Frank Leon Guerrero took his official oath of office on January 7, 2011 at the U.S. Marshals Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“This ceremonial swearing-in is a way to show the direct connection between our people and our Congress,” Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo said today. “I appreciate Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood hosting the ceremony, and I hope that interested citizens attend.  This ceremony is a first for Guam, and it underscores the unique role of the House of Representatives in our nation’s democracy.  As we begin the work of the 112th Congress, this Ceremonial Swearing-In serves as a symbol of the bond between the people of Guam and their Congress.”

“Congresswoman Bordallo has made significant contributions to the good of our island and our people, and I am honored to preside over her swearing-in ceremony as she takes her seat in the 112th Congress,” said Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood.  “I believe this ceremony – the first of its kind – reflects the Judiciary’s and Congress’s desire to strengthen their relationship – not only with each other, but with our island community.  The local ceremony will enable the Congresswoman’s family, friends, and constituents, who are unable to travel to Washington, D.C., to witness and celebrate democracy and the right to elect a representative government.”