The third swearing-in came in Memorial Hall on the first floor of the James Madison annex of the Library of Congress. Our morning email about New Jersey health care policy and politics. Pols of varying types were clustering around as well. At the age of 10, he went with his mother to the courthouse in Newark to be sworn in as a new citizen of the United States. “You were doing 65 miles an hour. Yes, Government Executive can email me on behalf of carefully selected companies and organizations. Tom is now 53 and as American as can be. Malinowski’s attorney, Scott Salmon, said the congressman was cited for “delaying traffic” in Raritan in December and thought he had paid the ticket, but did not. Tom’s journey was celebrated not just in the United States but also in Poland. Tom is one of a handful of new lawmakers whose elections have resonated beyond their districts and states. Officiating this time was Pelosi’s top lieutenant, House Majority Leader of the House Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Democratic-Run House Creates New Whistleblower Ombudsman. 111.4k Followers, 207 Following, 238 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from EMILY MALINOWSKI (@emilyemalinowski) Amid the milling throngs, Tom found our group and led us through a line that snaked into the adjacent Rayburn room for a ceremonial swearing-in with newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. And his mother is a minor celebrity there, having published six novels in her native country. Matt Friedman's must-read briefing on the Garden State's important news of the day. But that swearing-in, just after noon, was just the first of the day. Across the hall from Tom’s office, a dozen people clustered in front of another member’s office. A prosecutor on Tuesday agreed to reduce the suspended license charge to failure to provide documents — a $150 fine. They have a Polish-Burmese-American daughter named Emily. He said the Democrats now “have a fragile foothold in one House of Congress,” and suggested that their job in the next two years would not be to “transform America but to preserve it.”. He did five or six during the day, including one on MSNBC. Members had already been sworn in and taken their first few votes. U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski was charged with driving with a suspended license last month, but on Tuesday agreed to a $150 fine for “failure to provide documents,” according to his lawyer. Young Tomasz was sent straight into the Princeton public schools. NEXT STORY: But that happened last Thursday, in a highly emotional day for Tom, his Polish-American mother, his daughter and his extended family—of which I am a member. He fixed the problem and the process worked out the way it would work out for anyone," Salmon said. And members themselves were handing out lapel pins: Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., head of the Congressional Bike Caucus, distributed one featuring a small fluorescent bicycle. He believes Malinowski didn’t receive a letter about the notification of suspension because he was in the process of moving. A day spent in the Capitol complex, watching and participating in ceremonies surrounding the advent of the 116th Congress, provided a behind-the-scenes look at the organized chaos that brought the new Democratic House majority to power. “Oh, it’s just the bank’s,” he replied. But one only imagine how apprehensive he must have been when he first arrived in this country. 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The incident was picked up by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC that in a mass email Tuesday said Malinowski “tried to shift the blame from himself on others, which is much like how he acts in DC.”, Salmon, who specializes in election law, said Republicans are “desperate to go after [Malinowski] for anything, real or imaginary.”, “It’s something normal that happens to people. The class included a record number of women, the youngest woman ever elected to the House, the first Muslim women to serve and many people who had put themselves on the line to run grueling, exhausting races. When Tomasz Malinowski arrived on American shores at the age of 6, speaking nary a word of English, few could have imagined that one day he would be sworn in as a member of Congress. Tom’s stepfather, my father, Blair Clark, was long active in Democratic politics, and Tom learned a love of the game. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report misidentified Malinowski’s attorney. Raymond Adams, a senior air traffic controller, was there as well, sporting the pin of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. What bank? He later served in the Obama administration as assistant secretary of State for democracy, human rights and labor. She is vice chair of that elected body, and was an early supporter of Tom’s candidacy. Tom’s stepfather, my father, Blair Clark, was long active in Democratic politics, and Tom learned a love of the game. “Just because he’s a congressman he wasn’t treated any differently.”, The race between Malinowski and Kean figures to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the country this year. Tom and other members of the House were sporting handsome, large, enameled red and gold lapel pins indicating their status. Tom went on to attend the University of California at Berkeley and then won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford. His was one of many compelling stories playing out on Capitol Hill as the largest freshman class elected to the House of Representatives in many years was sworn in. Crowds celebrating the newcomers, both Democrat and Republican, spilled out into the corridors of congressional office buildings from morning to evening. Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., and family members at a ceremonial swearing-in with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski was charged with driving with a suspended license last month, but on Tuesday agreed to a $150 fine for “failure to provide documents,” according to his lawyer. What I found in researching his background alarmed me. Toward the end of the Clinton administration, Tom moved to the National Security Council staff at the White House and traveled the world on Air Force One writing remarks for the president. In fact, these buildings are always open to the public, with only the requirement of passing through a metal detector as one enters. All rights reserved. Tom’s chief of staff, Colston Reid, cheerfully juggled the demands for his time all morning, until she locked the door to the office suite and we all headed over to the Capitol. But the plethora and variety of adornments was striking. “Going along with the traffic, I guess,” Malinowski says.