Posted Online: Jan. 03, 2013, 11:07 pm

Bustos sworn in as member of 113th Congress

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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio performs a mock swearing-in for Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, surrounded by her family on Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, as the 113th Congress began.
Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, was sworn in as a member of the 113th Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.

Rep. Bustos defeated former representative Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, in the November election for the 17th Congressional District seat.

"As this newest session of Congress is called to order, I'm incredibly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to represent the hardworking families of Illinois' 17th Congressional District," Rep. Bustos said in a statement.

"I will work day in and day out with a spirit of bipartisanship and Midwestern common sense to bring jobs, economic opportunity and a better future to communities across the district."

Ms. Bustos is among 82 new members of the House, which includes 47 Democrats and 35 Republicans.

"I will never forget who I am, where I come from and why middle class families across the district sent me to fight for them in our nation's capital," Rep. Bustos said."I look forward to traveling across the district, meeting with constituents and always lending an open ear, a prompt response and an unwavering commitment to all those who I am honored to serve."

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Mount Vernon, was sworn in for his fourth term in Congress on Thursday.

"I am honored to have been given the opportunity to continue to serve the great people of Iowa's 2nd District," he said, adding histop priority would be the economy.

"As we begin the 113th Congress, we have many issues that must be addressed, and none is more important than boosting the economy and setting our country on a sustainable path," he said. "To do this, we have to work to create jobs and bolster middle class and working families."