Ohio’s two new members of Congress take their seats; Florida’s U.S. House seat still vacant
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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday swore in two Ohioans as members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Reps. Shontel Brown, a Democrat, and Mike Carey, a Republican, bring the House to 221-213. They won their respective seats on Tuesday and were sworn in right away because the seats had been vacant.
“I ran for Congress because I believe in the resilience of the community I love and call home,” Brown said during her first floor speech. “With the eyes of history upon us, it is time to hold a more just and more equitable future.”
Brown serves as the chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. During her election, she was backed by establishment Democrats like Hillary Clinton and House Democratic Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.
Brown will become the 58th member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Carey will replace Steve Stivers, (R-Ohio), who resigned the 15th District seat in May to lead Ohio’s Chamber of Commerce. Carey is a former coal lobbyist who had the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
“The problems facing our nation today are great and consequential,” he said during his first House floor speech. “Working families need this body to deliver solutions. Today, I am ready to work for the people of my district and for this great nation.”
There is still one House vacancy, in Florida’s 20th District, after Alcee Hastings, a Democrat, died in April.
The primary race Tuesday was too close to call in Florida, with two Democratic candidates in a virtual tie, according to Florida Division of Elections data.
Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness had 11,644 votes; Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, CEO of a home health care company, had 11,635 votes. The close race would expect to trigger a recount.
The general election is on Jan. 11.
Florida Phoenix editor Diane Rado contributed to this report.
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