After campaigning during the COVID-19 pandemic, 20 freshman lawmakers in the House and two in the Senate will be sworn in Wednesday in a chilly outdoor ceremony.

“When you get into the chamber it really is just so inspiring you really feel the weight of the responsibility we all have,” Jennifer Leeper, a Democrat from Fairfield, said.

Leeper, who was elected in November, said she hasn’t seen her office yet, but the new legislators had orientation in the House chamber and will get their laptops Wednesday.

Read Christine Stuart’s full report at NBC Connecticut