WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker-designate John Boehner's staff was sworn in Tuesday by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, a congressional aide said.
The aide said Boehner, an Ohio Republican, asked Roberts to perform the ceremony and also attended the swearing-in, CNN reported.
"As Boehner said on election night, this isn't a time for celebration; it's a time for focus, commitment and tough choices. The challenges that lie ahead for our nation demand a serious approach," the aide told Politico. "Having the highest judicial officer in the country administer the oath underscores our commitment to listen to the American people and honor the Constitution."
Boehner will be sworn in as speaker Wednesday.