Utah Rep. Celeste Mal­oy sworn into Con­gress, bring­ing House back to full capac­i­ty — for now

The House gained its newest Repub­li­can mem­ber on Tues­day evening, fill­ing the final vacant seat in the low­er cham­ber and bring­ing the total num­ber of law­mak­ers back to 435 for the first time in six months.
Rep. Celeste Mal­oy (R‑UT) was sworn into office after win­ning a spe­cial elec­tion last week to fill the seat of for­mer Rep. Chris Stew­art, who retired in Sep­tem­ber, cit­ing con­cerns for his wife’s health. Maloy’s pres­ence brings the GOP con­fer­ence back up to 222, giv­ing Repub­li­cans a slight­ly big­ger cush­ion to pass leg­is­la­tion by rein­stat­ing their four-seat major­i­ty — for now, that is.
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Maloy’s swear­ing-in makes her the sixth Repub­li­can mem­ber of Con­gress from Utah and the only female from the state’s cur­rent del­e­ga­tion. Mal­oy is the first woman to serve the Bee­hive State in Con­gress since for­mer Rep. Mia Love (R‑UT) was defeat­ed in 2018.
She’s also the first wom …