The first Korean-American woman at the Virginia House of Delegates was sworn into office on Thursday wearing the Korean traditional dress "Hanbok."
Posting a picture of her first day at work, Delegate Irene Shin tweeted that it was to honor her family's "sacrifices and legacy."
She also hoped it would remind Virginia that diversity makes the state greater.
As a daughter of Korean immigrants, the Democrat has vowed to build a government for all.
Shin will represent the state's 86th district for two years.