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Texas Legislature 2023

Oaths, M&Ms and a historic Quran: Texas’ freshman lawmakers begin their inaugural legislative session

New Texas House members were sworn into office Tuesday, including some who have already made history.

State Rep. Salman Bhojani, D-HD92, speaks with Usama Malik, resident chaplain of Muslim Space, before participating in an interfaith ceremony the morning of the opening day of the 88th Legislative Session at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 10, 2023.
State Rep. Salman Bhojani, D-HD92, swears in on a copy of the Quran the on the opening day of the 88th Legislative Session at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 10, 2023.
State Rep. Salman Bhojani, D-HD92, takes a selfie with his family and supporters after attending an interfaith ceremony on the morning of the opening day of the 88th Legislative Session at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 10, 2023.
State Rep. Salman Bhojani, D-HD92, and his son carefully move the Qu'ran that he had sworn in on while meeting with supporters at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 10, 2022.
State Rep. Caroline Harris at her office in the capitol on the first day of the 88th legislative session on Jan 10, 2023.
State Rep. Caroline Harris receives a prayer of blessing at her office in the capitol on the first day of the 88th legislative session on Jan 10, 2023.
State Rep. Caroline Harris sits at her desk on the House floor surrounded by family on the first day of the 88th legislative session on Jan 10, 2023.
State Rep. John Lujan, R-San Antonio, at the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 11, 2023.

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