St. Louis County Councilwoman nixes Bible, swears in on Dr. Seuss book

"It’s the same reason you all believe in me and our campaign...because I see a brighter future for all of us and am steering myself in the direction of building it!"

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August 20, 2019 - 5:10 pm
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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP/KFTK) — A newly elected St. Louis County councilwoman has been sworn into office using a Dr. Seuss book.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the council doesn’t require members to be sworn in on a Bible, and newly elected 2nd District member Kelli Dunaway chose “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Her 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter held it for her during last week’s ceremony.

"It’s the same reason you all believe in me and our campaign," Dunaway wrote on Facebook. "Because I see a brighter future for all of us and am steering myself in the direction of building it!"

The graduation-gift classic, which was first published in 1990, is about the journey of life. In it, the narrator tells readers, “Out there things can happen, and frequently do, To people as brainy and footsy as you.”

Other elected leaders also have chosen books besides the Bible for their swearing-in ceremonies. Among them is President John Quincy Adams, who was sworn in on a book of law.