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Cute kids steal the show at congressional inauguration

Nancy Pelosi’s granddaughter was excited when her grandma’s name was called to vote.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

It might have been a historic day for Congress, but it was the kids who stole the show.

Several members of the 116th Congress showed up to the inauguration ceremonies with their young children, grandchildren, and other young relatives in tow — from Nancy Pelosi’s bevy of excited grandchildren, to Representative Eric Swalwell’s October-born infant daughter.

One particularly endearing moment came as Pelosi herself was called upon to vote — and one of her granddaughters apparently could not contain her excitement.

Nancy Pelosi with her grandchildren as she was called upon to vote. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Pelosi also asked for her grandchildren — and any other children in the chamber — to come stand with her as she was sworn in as House speaker. A horde of youngsters gathered around Pelosi on the dais as she raised her right hand and took the oath of office.


Pelosi said: ‘‘I now call the House to order on behalf of all of America’s children.’’

Nancy Pelosi was surrounded by children as she took the oath of office.SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Here’s a look at some of the other children who witnessed the opening session of Congress on Thursday.

A little boy played with a gavel as lawmakers — and their children and grandchildren — arrived on Capitol Hill.BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Representative Rashida Tlaib voted for Nancy Pelosi — leading her sons to “dab.” Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Representative Eric Swalwell with his infant daughter.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Representative Ilhan Omar held her colleague’s daughter.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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Representative Abigail Spanberger sat with her children.Mark Wilson/Getty Image
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Representative Lance Gooden held a baby — probably his son, Liam, who was born in February.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Children posed with Representatives Deb Haaland and Barbara Lee. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played with a baby’s cheek.AFP/Getty Images
Behind Nancy Pelosi, Representative Antonio Delgado read to children.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Nancy Pelosi’s granddaughter hugged her grandmother.Win McNamee/Getty Images