Mary Peltola

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Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola gives her first speech from the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

Mary Peltola was sworn into office Tuesday in Washington, D.C., as Alaska’s lone House representative, marking a historic milestone as both the first Alaska Native and the first woman to hold the seat.

Peltola, 49, will serve out the remainder of Rep. Don Young’s term. Young, the longest-serving Alaska congressman, died in March of natural causes while returning to Alaska.

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