State Legislators Attend the Presidential Inauguration
January 24th, 2017
North Dakota Republican legislators joined attendees from all fifty states to attend the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump where he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Representative Mike Nathe (Bismarck), Representative Ben Koppelman (West Fargo), Senator Tom Campbell (Grafton), and State GOP Chairman Senator Kelly Armstrong (Dickinson) flew to Washington, D.C. to join the inaugural festivities and celebrate not only the inauguration of the President of the United States but also the huge victories that gave the party majorities in the House and Senate, resulting in the first time the Republican Party has controlled both Congress and the Presidency since 2001.
Koppelman remarked, “The inauguration was a tremendous event to experience. It is a time when we have a peaceful transition of power in our great republic. This may be one of the most visible examples of what separates our form of government from those of the rest of the world. We truly do live in the best country on earth.”
Senator Armstrong, who attended his first inauguration said, “At the end of the day, Barack Obama and Donald Trump don’t agree on just about anything, except that this is how our government is supposed to work — and that’s a really uniquely American thing, and it’s really humbling to be a part of.”
The group attended the North Dakota Inaugural Party with the Congressmen representing our state, Representative Kevin Cramer and Senator John Hoeven, as well as Governor Doug Burgum and First Lady Katherine Helgaas Burgum. They also went to the Inauguration on the National Mall and the Freedom Ball, attended by President Trump and his family. He addressed the crowd with a message of patriotism and putting the people’s interests ahead of Washington’s.