The Secretary of State’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It took six days for the election results from last month’s special election in Montana to be received by the House. But it has taken an additional three weeks for Greg Gianforte, the race’s Republican victor, to be sworn in. During the intervening period, Gianforte appeared in court for allegedly assaulting a journalist. His swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to occur today.
Special election victors arrive in Washington and quickly find themselves at the center of a series of Capitol Hill traditions.
First comes a mock swearing-in with Speaker Paul Ryan in an ornate room just steps from the House chamber. That’s where the photo-ops occur as the soon-to-be lawmakers clutch their family Bibles and pose with Ryan, their spouses and children. Then the representative-elect is walked roughly 30 feet to the House floor, where the actual swearing-in occurs. It’s typical for the new victors to step into the well, raise their right hand and say the oath of office. Some give a short speech afterward.
It’s possible Handel could be sworn in at the same time as Ralph Norman, the Republican who won South Carolina’s special election on Tuesday night.
Staff writer Kristina Torres contributed to this article.
The race was called for Handel around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.