WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia became the newest member of Congress Wednesday, after he was sworn-into replace Rep. Charlie Norwood, who died earlier this year.
Broun, a doctor from Athens, will represent the 10th District and his victory in a special election meant that the seat remains in Republican hands. From the outset of the special election, Broun was a long shot, but he placed second in last month's special election and then narrowly defeated another Republican, Jim Whitehead, in the runoff contest.
Broun's swearing-in means that there are now 433 active members in the House with Democrats holding 231 seats to Republicans 202 seats. There are two vacancies right now: a California seat once held by Democratic Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, who died in April; and a Massachusetts seat held by Rep. Martin Meehan, who resigned earlier this month to become chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Special elections for both those seats will be held later this year.
- Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser and Congressional Producer Evan Glass