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New Faces, Familiar Names in New Congress

Jan. 3, 2013

More than 90 new congressional members take their oaths of office Thursday when the 113th Congress convenes.

In the House of Representatives, Joseph Kennedy of Massachusetts brings the Kennedy name back to Congress after a four-year absence, succeeding Rep. Barney Frank, who retired, The Hill reported.

Democrat Donald Payne Jr. of New Jersey will succeed his father, the late Rep. Donald Payne, also a Democrat. Another Democrat keeping a seat in the family is Dan Kildee of Michigan, who replaced his uncle, retiring Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich.

In the Senate, four women were elected, bringing the total to 20 -- four Republicans and 16 Democrats -- a record.

Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren upended incumbent Scott Brown in one of the most followed races.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin is the first openly gay person elected to the Senate, although she has downplayed the historic aspect of her election.

Six new senators are from the House, including Baldwin, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake and Democrats Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2013

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