WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday swore in Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., to succeed the late Tom Lantos, who died from cancer earlier this year.
With the seating of Speier, total Membership of the House is now 432. There are 234 Democrats, 198 Republicans and three vacancies. Those vacancies are in seats formerly held by Rep. Richard Baker, R-La.; Bobby Jindal, R-La.; and Rep. Roger Wicker R-Miss.
Baker resigned to enter the private sector. Jindal was elected governor of Lousiana. Wicker was appointed to the Senate to succeed former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., who resigned.