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November 15th, 2010
06:45 AM ET

Freshman lawmakers make Capitol Hill debut

Newly elected legislators made their way to Washington this weekend for new member orientation. For many of the nearly 100 new faces, elected office is a very new job. This incoming class of legislators has the largest number of newly elected members without prior experience in elective office.

Two of those newcomers talk to AM’s John Roberts this morning.

Terri Sewell, Representative-Elect, D, Ala., is the only freshman Democrat who has never been elected to office before, and the first African-American woman from Alabama elected to Congress.

Reid Ribble, Representative-Elect, R, Wis., is a retired roofing company owner. He has never been elected to an office before and defeated Rep. Steve Kagan.

Sewell and Ribble talk priorities, earmarks and Washington gridlock with AM.


Filed under: Capitol Hill • Politics
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Jacqueline Sowa Colyer

    Why are we expected to sit back and accept that nothing will be accomplished during this "lame duck" session of Congress? WE pay these lawmakers that WE have elected to do a job for us. They have no right to waste our money by sitting back and doing nothing until next year.

    November 15, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  2. Brian

    So the Republicans and Tea Party candidates who complained that things are not getting done quick enough, are now saying that this isn't going to be fixed overnight, it will take some time. I have always thought that you cannot turn the largest economy in the world around in two years. When it has taken ten years or more to drive it into the ground.

    November 15, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  3. Dan

    Let's not be fooled. It will be the same old swan song. Oh yes, they are going to do all these great things (as they tell you on the campaign trail), then get to Washington DC and NOTHING for EITHER party is accomplished.

    November 15, 2010 at 7:01 am |