The main character of Rep.-elect Garcia's "holy book"
The main character of Rep.-elect Garcia's "holy book"iStock

United States Representative-elect Robert Garcia (D.-CA.) says that when he is sworn into Congress, it will not be on a Bible, as is generally the custom in the majority Christian country, or any other traditional religious text, but rather a copy of the US Constitution and a rare comic book.

The incoming congressman, who immigrated to the US from Lima, Peru, and previously served as the mayor of Long Beach, will also hold a photo of his late parents and his citizenship certificate for his swearing into the House of Representatives.

“Will be proudly sworn-in to Congress on the US Constitution,” Garcia wrote on Twitter. “Underneath the Constitution will be three items that mean a lot to me personally. A photo of my parents who I lost to Covid, my citizenship certificate, and an original Superman #1 from the Library of Congress.”

“Congressman Garcia learned to read and write in English by reading Superman comics, so it’s especially exciting that he was able to borrow this rare copy from the kind folks at the Library of Congress,” Sara Guerrero, a spokeswoman for Garcia, told the New York Post.

Although using a Superman comic book may be a bit unorthodox when taking the oath of office, according to BBC, it is technically not illegal, per Article VI of the US Constitution. The Article states, in part, that, “No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

The US House of Representatives adjourned Wednesday evening after spending a second consecutive day holding votes on multiple ballots for House Speaker.

Members are set to return at 8:00 p.m. local time, according to NBC News.

A day after failing to elect a new speaker in three votes, the House held three more rounds of voting on Wednesday, but the results were the same. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the top Republican in the House, failed to reach the majority of 218 required to win the job.

However, McCarthy appeared optimistic Wednesday afternoon regarding his ability to win the Speaker’s gavel, telling reporters that his strategy is to “work through it, get everybody together, and solve our problems.”

Asked if he was confident he could reach the votes needed after falling short six times, McCarthy responded, according to NBC News, “Yeah, very.”