Fla. Freshman Is Youngest House Member Sworn Into New Congress

Jan 3, 2013

A New Congress was sworn in Thursday, and seven of its newest members are from Florida. That includes the youngest House member of the 113th Congress, Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy, who unseated Tea Party favorite Allen West.

After a highly contested race against GOP incumbent West, the 29-year-old Murphy is now a U.S. Representative for Florida’s 18th Congressional District serving counties in the South Florida area. The freshman Congressman says he’s now ready to use his business background to focus on jobs and the economy.

“My background as a business person, I hope to gain some traction dealing with Republicans, with some specific legislation," said Murphy.

"Hopefully simplifying our tax code. Hopefully some incentives to get businesses to spend money that they’re sitting on right now. So many businesses are sitting on tons and tons of money. We need to start investing that and property plan equipment on new investments in our country. So, I hope we can all work together to do that."

Others sworn in Thursday include Democratic Congresswoman Lois Frankel, the only female freshman lawmaker from Florida, and Republican Congressmen Ted Yoho, the veterinarian who unseated longtime incumbent Cliff Stearns.

There’s also Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson, a former U-S Representative. The others are Congressmen Ron DeSantis (R), and Trey Radel (R), and Joe Garcia (D).

Stay tuned to Friday's Capital Report for more on all the new Florida members of Congress. To read more, CLICK HERE.

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