Congressman Chris Gibson has had more than one night to remember over the past year. Ousting Scott Murphy from his 20th Congressional seat on Election night was a special victory he never lost sight of achieving. Over the next several weeks, assigning his staff and planning for a life in both Washington DC and Kinderhook was bittersweet. But perhaps the most memorable moment of his entire journey to Congress happened in an instant during his swearing in to the 112th Congress on Jan. 5.
"Maggie (11 years old) and Connor (9 years old) were directly on the floor with me holding our family bible when I was sworn in. That's something I'll remember all my days on Earth," said Gibson, who's oldest daughter Katie, 13, and wife were watching from afar. "Looking into their eyes, I thought they understood and it was very special connecting to them in that moment."
Gibson said the moment was so "emotional and memorable" that his thoughts weren't about him or the nation's future right then, but of his family.
"I had just heard the outgoing speaker talk about the historic moment of the first female speaker in the history of our country and I was looking at Maggie and couldn't help but wonder what's in her future," said Gibson. "Just to know that we live in a country with vast opportunities is something I never take for granted."
Gibson shared memories of his first official day in Congress with The Spotlight. Just as his grassroots campaign placed an emphasis on family and constituents, so did day one in Washington.
"It was a great day. We had family, friends and constituents that came for the event. We had an open house here at our office and some refreshments provided by farmers from the 20th Congressional district"apples, pears, milk, chocolate milk. It was a very thoughtful gesture by many or our farmers that was certainly enjoyed and appreciated," said Gibson.