Mazie Hirono Sworn In As Hawaii's Newest Congressional Delegation Member

Representative Mazie HIrono Was Sworn In On Thursday
Representative Mazie HIrono Was Sworn In On Thursday
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.

By Kristine Uyeno

(KHNL) - It was an historic day on capitol hill.

Nancy Pelosi became the first female speaker of the House of Representatives, as the 110th Congress convened.

And Mazie Hirono, became the newest member of Hawaii's Congressional Delegation.

With her husband, mother and other relatives looking on, Mazie Hirono, was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.

"I wasn't nervous, but I was grateful and honored to be here because it's a historic time for women in particular and I know Patsy would've loved to have been here," said Rep. Hirono.

Hirono remembering the late Patsy Mink on her big day.

The 59-year-old is representing Hawaii's second Congressional district and joins Representative Neil Abercrombie and Senators Daniel Inouye and Dan Akaka.

It's a big comeback for democrats with Nancy Pelosi leading the way as the country's first female speaker.

"The election of 2006 was a call to change, not merely to change the control of Congress, but for a new direction for our country," said Rep. Pelosi.

Democrats promise that within 100 hours, there will be approval of stem cell research and an increase in minimum wage.

Hirono and others spent the first few hours trying to pass an ethics bill.

"It would really put barriers between the lawmakers and the lobbyists so it's a first of a number of bills we intend to pass in the first 100 hours," Hirono said.

She also hopes democrats will convince president bush to re-deploy troops out of Iraq.

Hirono says she's optimistic that the 110th Congress will make some big changes.

Democrats are in control of both houses for the first time since 1994.

They, along with republicans, are anxiously awaiting the president's speech laying out a new direction for Iraq.

That could come next week.