Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), who was sentenced just four days ago for assaulting a reporter, will be sworn in as a House member next Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Gianforte’s campaign confirmed that he will take the oath of office on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.
He will become a House member after pleading guilty to assaulting Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, on the eve of Montana’s special election on May 25.
As part of his sentence, Gianforte was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management counseling. He will also have to pay a $385 fine.
Before Monday’s sentencing, Gianforte issued a full apology to Jacobs and agreed to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
“I am sorry for what I did and the unwanted notoriety this has created for you. I take full responsibility,” Gianforte said in the apology.
Jacobs had been asking Gianforte for his thoughts on the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the healthcare bill passed in the House last month. Gianforte proceeded to slam Jacobs to the ground, breaking his glasses in the process.
Gianforte’s campaign initially described the altercation as “aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist.” But Gianforte apologized at his victory rally the next day after winning the special election over Democrat Rob Quist to fill Montana’s sole House seat.
Gianforte will replace ex-Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), who left the House to become President Trump’s secretary of the Interior.
Montana certified the special election results on Thursday, which had to be completed before Gianforte could be sworn into office.