A newly-elected Democrat congressman will be sworn in on a copy of the first “Superman” comic book, which is estimated to be worth about $5.3 million.
According to Blaze Media, A journalist spotted the comic book among other religious books and documents that members of Congress have chosen to take their oaths.
Congressman-elect Robert Garcia (D-CA), from Long Beach, California, revealed himself to be the incoming lawmaker being sworn in on the book.
Will be proudly sworn-in to Congress on the U.S. Constitution. Underneath the Constitution will be 3 items that mean a lot to me personally. A photo of my parents who I lost to covid, my citizenship certificate & an original Superman #1 from the @librarycongress. 🇺🇸😊 pic.twitter.com/YGW43OLsIp
— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarcia) January 3, 2023
“Will be proudly sworn-in to Congress on the U.S. Constitution,” Garcia wrote in a tweet. “Underneath the Constitution will be 3 items that mean a lot to me personally. A photo of my parents who I lost to covid, my citizenship certificate & an original Superman #1 from the @librarycongress”
Garcia, who describes himself as a comic book nerd, educator and “Progressive and proud American,” became the first openly LGBTQ immigrant to be elected to Congress after defeating his opponent, Republican John Briscoe, at the midterm election.
DEVELOPING: A member of the House of Representatives is taking their oath on a classic Superman comic book pic.twitter.com/MUJIv8VIlA
— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) January 3, 2023
Garcia was previously mayor of Long Beach’s mayor from 2014 through Dec. 20 before he was elected for the 42nd district of California. At just five years old, Garcia and his parents moved to the U.S. from Lima, Peru. Garci and his parents traveled to the U.S. on temporary visas but overstayed their expiration, according to the congressman.
“But thanks to a progressive change in immigration law passed by Congress in the 1980s, we were able to apply for permanent legal residency,” Garcia said in his campaign biography. “I became a U.S. citizen at 21. It was the happiest day of my life.”
Garcia, who said he plans to display pieces from comic book artists in his office at the Capitol, was chosen to be president of the freshman class of the House Democrats.