California’s Robert Garcia will be sworn in as a US congressman using the US Constitution and a Superman comic. The comic is one of the many sentimental items that will be underneath the Constitution when Garcia takes his ceremonial oath.

A copy of Superman will be joined by a photo of Garcia’s parents, who died of Covid-19, and his citizenship certificate, according to a tweet from Garcia on Thursday.

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“I’m looking forward to being sworn in on the U.S. Constitution,” the Democrat wrote on Twitter. “Underneath the Constitution will be 3 items that mean a lot to me personally. A photo of my parents who passed due to covid, my citizenship certificate & a Superman #1 from the @librarycongress,” he added.

Early Saturday morning, Garcia was officially sworn into office alongside other House members. However, it is unclear when the ceremonial swearing-in will take place, at which Garcia will use the Superman comic.

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According to a CNN report, Garcia said that comics are especially significant to him as they helped him learn English after coming to the United States from Peru. The congressman-elect is openly gay and married.

“I came to America at the age of 5 as a Spanish speaker,” said the politician in an emailed statement. “As a kid, I would pick up comics at old thrift shops and pharmacies and that’s how I learned to read and write in English,” he added.

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In addition, Superman is a touching symbol for Garcia’s values. The superhero represents “truth and justice, an immigrant that was different, was raised by good people that welcomed them,” he said in his statement.

The vintage comic was released in 1939 and belongs to the Library of Congress.

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Public officials often get symbolic as they consider how they will take their oath. President Joe Biden used a Bible that has been in his family for generations, and Vice President Kamala Harris swore on two books, a Bible that belonged to a woman she considered a mother figure and a Bible once owned by Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice.