WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick joined his colleagues in the House and Senate for the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Wednesday.
Fitzpatrick, who serves as vice-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, went through health and security screening before congregating with his Democrat and Republican colleagues "as a sign of unity and healing for our nation," his office said in a news release Wednesday. Fitzpatrick, a Republican, represents Pennsylvania's first congressional district, which includes all of Bucks County and a sliver of Montgomery County.
Breaking with tradition, outgoing President Donald Trump did not attend the inauguration. He left the White House Wednesday morning for the last time.
Despite publicly condemning President Trump's actions following the riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Fitzpatrick voted against impeaching the outgoing executive, instead proposing the president be "publicly censured" for inciting violence through "a combination of false information campaign coupled with inflammatory rhetoric." He said that impeachment would ultimately serve as a distraction for President-elect Biden.