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During these tense political times, many Americans feel like we could really use a hero right now. Enter Lan Diep, a civil Legal Aid attorney and city councilman from San Jose, California.

According to the Huffington Post, Diep, 32, took the oath of office for San Jose City Council on Tuesday while holding a Captain America shield. Diep, a Republican, told HuffPo that he decided to wield the unique accessory because he believes government can be fun, and the stunt may get some more people to pay attention to local government. "I’m willing to entertain them if they sit through all the policy discussions," he said. Fair enough!

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The new councilman insists he was not trying to make a metaphorical political statement by carrying the shield, but did admit that it "represents America’s ideals and I do hope to aspire to those ideals of fair play, equal justice, and democracy during my term." He then added, "But really, I just had this awesome shield and I wanted a chance to show it off."

My first council meeting. They made me take the oath again. #SJD4 #SanJose #CityCouncil #LocalGovernment

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Okay, so maybe Diep can't swoop in like an Avenger and save us all from ourselves, but he is a political figure that can make people smile. And that is pretty heroic in times like these.