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New congresswoman: 'It's Robin Kelly's district now.'

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In an interview today, newly-minted U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) explained what she meant yesterday when she said it was a new era for the 2nd congressional district.

"That it's Robin Kelly's district now and we're going to move forward, it's a new person in office and we're going to move forward with my it's not about me, it's about the people I serve," she told the Sun-Times.

Kelly officially takes over for Jesse Jackson Jr. who resigned in disgrace last November. Jackson though held the post for 17 years, amassing clout and seniority, ostensibly to benefit the 2nd district.

"The congressman was here for 17 years and this is my first day, I think realistically do people expect me to be at that level? I don't think so," she said.

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