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We're represented again in Washington – finally.

Kathy Hochul was sworn-in this afternoon as the Congressional representative for New York's 26th District, ending a nearly three-month span during which area residents had no voice in the nation's capitol.

Hochul today vowed to make up for lost time.

"It is truly an honor and a privilege to be on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives," Hochul said in a short acceptance speech, "where I will serve the people of the 26th District of the State of New York.

"I promise to work for them tirelessly every single day, and to continue to fight for them with every breath I have."

Hochul's swearing-in ceremony lasted about eight minutes. It was presided over by House Speaker and Republican John Boehner, who offered his congratulations. But Hochul's true welcome came from the left side of the House, where Democrats stood and cheered for her following her oath of office.

Hochul issued a challenge to her fellow members of Congress near the end of her speech.

"We can and must find common-sense solutions to the problems facing each of our districts, and our country," she said. "As we have learned: our constituents expect and deserve no less."

Among others, Hochul thanked her husband, U.S. Attorney William Hochul, whom she calls her “rock and inspiration.” She now takes over a district which has been staunchly Republican in the past.

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