Gianforte to take oath of office Wednesday; election results certified

Montana Republican congressman-elect Greg Gianforte appears in court to face a charge of misdemeanor assault after he was accused of attacking a reporter on the eve of his election, in Bozeman, Montana, U.S., June 12, 2017. REUTERS/Tommy Martino

Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte will take the oath of office next week in Washington, D.C., after the results of Montana’s special congressional election were certified Thursday.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton’s office posted the final, official election results shortly after noon, showing Gianforte winning the contest by 6 percentage points. Republican Gianforte received 190,520 votes, or 50 percent, to Democrat Rob Quist’s 169,214, or 44 ┬ápercent. Libertarian Mark Wicks received 21,682 votes, or 6 percent.

The May 25 election was set after former Rep. Ryan Zinke was named secretary of the Interior in the Trump administration. Gianforte has already filed for re-election to the seat in 2018.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will administer the oath of office for Gianforte next Wednesday at the Capitol, just 10 days after the tech entrepreneur and multimillionaire was convicted of assaulting a reporter on election eve.

Gianforte must do 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management, plus pay a $385 fine, as punishment for body slamming Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs after the reporter asked the then-candidate a question about the health-care plan that passed the House earlier this year.