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§ 25. —  Oath of Speaker, Members, and Delegates.

[Laws in effect as of January 24, 2002]
[Document not affected by Public Laws enacted between
  January 24, 2002 and December 19, 2002]
[CITE: 2USC25]

                          TITLE 2--THE CONGRESS
Sec. 25. Oath of Speaker, Members, and Delegates

    At the first session of Congress after every general election of 
Representatives, the oath of office shall be administered by any Member 
of the House of Representatives to the Speaker; and by the Speaker to 
all the Members and Delegates present, and to the Clerk, previous to 
entering on any other business; and to the Members and Delegates who 
afterward appear, previous to their taking their seats.
    The Clerk of the House of Representatives of the Eightieth and each 
succeeding Congress shall cause the oath of office to be printed, 
furnishing two copies to each Member and Delegate who has taken the oath 
of office in accordance with law, which shall be subscribed in person by 
the Member or Delegate, who shall thereupon deliver them to the Clerk, 
one to be filed in the records of the House of Representatives, and the 
other to be recorded in the Journal of the House and in the 
Congressional Record; and such signed copies, or certified copies 
thereof, or of either of such records thereof, shall be admissible in 
evidence in any court of the United States, and shall be held conclusive 
proof of the fact that the signer duly took the oath of office in 
accordance with law.

(R.S. Sec. 30; Feb. 18, 1948, ch. 53, 62 Stat. 20.)


    R.S. Sec. 30 derived from act June 1, 1789, ch. 1, Sec. 2, 1 Stat. 
    The last paragraph of this section, which permitted Members and 
Delegates of the House of Representatives of the Eightieth Congress to 
subscribe and deliver two signed copies of the printed oath of office at 
any time before the expiration of the Eightieth Congress, was omitted.


    1948--Act Feb. 18, 1948, added last two paragraphs to provide a way 
by which any Member of House of Representatives can establish by record 
evidence the fact that the Member took the oath of office and so became 
a Member.

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