Alan Lowenthal, Long Beach's New Congressman

By Business Journal Staff

January 3, 2013 – As of 2:25 p.m., former California State Sen. Alan Lowenthal has been installed as a member of the freshman class of the 113th Congress.

The ceremonial swearing took place at 5:25 p.m. EST in Washington, D.C., with an oath of office administered by Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Lowenthal, a Democrat, won the 47th Congressional District race in November’s general election against Republican candidate Long Beach City Councilmember Gary DeLong. The 47th District includes the cities of Long Beach (except North Long Beach north of Del Amo Boulevard), Lakewood, Signal Hill, Buena Park and all or parts of Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Stanton, Cypress, Westminster and Garden Grove.

The Democratic Caucus appointed Lowenthal to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on December 21. The committee is responsible for oversight and legislation of national security developments and overseeing federal legislation that impacts the United States diplomatic community, such as the U.S. Department of State, the Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps, the United Nations and the enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act.

Lowenthal began his career in politics as a city councilmember in Long Beach in the early 1990s. He was elected to serve in the state assembly in 1998 and did so until 2004. Lowenthal was re-elected for the senate seat in 2008 before moving on to the nation’s capital.

“It’s a very large class,” Lowenthal said of his fellow freshmen class members in an interview last November. “Almost a quarter of Congress is new this year.”

Unlike the oath of office for the President of the United States, there is no oath language in the Constitution for members of Congress. The Constitution only requires that incoming members of Congress “shall be bound by oath or affirmation” to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies and “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”