Rep. Yvette Clarke takes the oath of her new office on Jan. 4, flanked by her nephew Kai, her mother Una — herself a former City Councilwoman — and a veritable cornucopia of supporters. Clarke won the so-called “Fightin’ 11th,” which encompasses parts of Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, and succeeds Rep. Major Owens, now in retirement after a 24-year tenure. Being sworn in by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) “really drove home the responsibility I have to the people of the district,” Clarke said. “And it was kind of surreal, because not only are you a participant, but you’re also a witness.”
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