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Djou sworn in as congressman

Rep. Charles Djou Rep. Charles Djou
Rep. Mazie Hirono Rep. Mazie Hirono
House Minority Leader John Boehner House Minority Leader John Boehner

WASHINGTON (HawaiiNewsNow) – Charles Djou is now officially a congressman. The former Honolulu City Councilmember took the oath of office at the US House about 9:20 Tuesday morning Hawaii time. He was welcomed by Rep. Mazie Hirono, and House Minority Leader John Boehner who read Djou's biography in front of the house.

"I'm eager to start work, eager to work with all of you. I look forward to beginning the hard work of doing good, bringing change and restoring our nation to prosperity. As we say in Hawaii, mahalo, aloha, best wishes" Djou said.

Djou gave other congress members a big "aloha", spent several minutes thanking his family and supporters, before telling the House that he is eager to start work and is looking forward to doing good and bringing change.

Djou already cast his first vote in Congress, voting along with Hirono and 406 other members in support of a resolution expressing sympathy to the families of those killed in the sinking of the South Korean ship Cheonan by North Korea's navy.

Djou becomes the first Republican to represent Hawaii in Congress since Pat Saiki, who served from 1986-1990.

Rep. Djou won a special election Saturday, grabbing almost 40% of the vote in an all mail-in election. He defeated two Democratic challengers, who split the votes in the Democratic-leaning First District. Djou replaces 10-term representative Neil Abercrombie, who stepped down in February to run for governor.

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