July 25th, 2007
07:52 PM ET
9 years ago

New kid on the block

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

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  1. bret, atl, ga

    The first Ron Paul Republican elected to Congress.

    The seeds of liberty grow fast!

    July 26, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. J. Turchek, Stuart, VA

    I think that he might be a good Congressman. He ran on a pro-property rights, pro-FairTax, and pro-Constitution platform. He also ran against the Republican Party Establishment and won.

    July 26, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Dan, Wethersfield CT

    Another Dr. NO means another YES for Liberty!!!!

    July 27, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |