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Fla. Freshman Is Youngest House Member Sworn Into New Congress

Patrick Murphy for Congress campaign

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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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.