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Two Area Lawmakers Sworn In For 113th Congress

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The region's newest lawmakers were sworn in to Congress today, as Capitol Hill took a break from the gridlock and politics to welcome the new additions.

The D.C. region adds two new Democrats to the rolls. John Delaney was sworn in, after taking the mantle from Republican Roscoe Bartlett in Western Maryland. Jim Webb's retirement opened the way for former Virginia governor Tim Kaine to become the newest senator. Both men say they are eager to get to work, especially on fiscal issues.

Today they're celebrating, bouncing between different receptions with their families, staffers, supporters and of course their donors.

Both men are still settling into their offices on Capitol Hill, but say they have come to Congress with ideas on how to break through the gridlock that characterized the 112th Congress.

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