Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, according to a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team – making Wednesday’s inauguration much more historic.
Harris will be the first woman, the first black American and the first vice president of South Asia. Sotomayor is the first judge of the Supreme Court of Latina.
Both women are also former prosecutors.
The news that Harris will be sworn in on January 20 was first reported by ABC News.
Biden – who was sworn in by Sotomayor for his second term as vice president ̵
“During an unprecedented crisis and deep divisions, America United marks the beginning of a new national journey that restores America’s soul, reunites the country and paves the way for a brighter future,” a statement from Biden’s founding committee said this week.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Biden and Harris, along with their husbands, will perform a socially distant Pass in Review, a military ritual in which the newly appointed president reviews military readiness.
They will then lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington.
It was announced on Thursday that Lady Gaga will perform the national anthem at the ceremony, and Jennifer Lopez will perform a musical performance on the Western Front of the Capitol in the United States.
Other performances Wednesday will include Justin Timberlake, John Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen and Ant Clemens. Actor Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute television specialty.
The inauguration is set to take place exactly two weeks after a violent mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6. Five people died, including a Capitol police officer.
Federal authorities have made dozens of arrests in connection with the attack.
Trump, who encouraged the crowd, will not attend the inauguration, but Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend.
Planning continued this weekend for a possible ceremony to send Trump to the Andrews Joint Base on Wednesday, full of splendor and circumstance as Trump tries to step down as a statesman rather than a defeated, twice-implicated, term president.
Discussions include recreating the traditional competition for an official visit by a head of state, including a color guard, a military band, a red carpet and even a 21-gun salute, according to a person involved in the planning.
Plans are still preliminary and may change between now and Wednesday. What role the military will ultimately play in the celebrations remains unclear. But Trump has made it clear to his aides that he wants a holiday farewell filled with fanfare. There are also discussions about inviting Trump supporters to attend the ceremony.