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Robin Kelly is sworn in: 'Today is about a new beginning for the people of 2nd Congressional District'

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For the first time in 10 months, the residents of the 2nd Congressional District has representation in Washington.

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill) officially claimed her House seat this afternoon in Washington D.C. after winning a commanding victory in Tuesday's special election.

The 56-year-old of Matteson fills the vacancy left by the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned last November amid a federal probe into his congressional finances. Before resigning though, Jackson was absent from Congress beginning June of 2012. He later said his absence was due to
The Sun-Times has previously reported that federal authorities believed Jackson was tipped off to the investigation into his congressional fund. That probe also ensnared his wife, ex-Ald. Sandi Jackson, who also resigned. The two pleaded guilty to federal charges in February.

Kelly, who ran on a platform to fight the NRA and curb violence in the district, called Thursday "a new beginning" for the beleaguered, scandal-ridden district.

"I ran for Congress so that I could work to bring about a safer, less violent and more prosperous future, one in which our children can grow up without the fear of gun violence," Kelly said in her swearing-in remarks. "Today is an important day in that fight. I look forward to working with you to protect our children from criminals and protect our 2nd Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens. Because we should - and can - do both."

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It is truly an honor to be standing here and humbling to have been chosen to represent the families of the 2nd Congressional District. I thank the entire Illinois delegation for their support and advice.

I would also like to thank my family, friends and staff who are here in the gallery.

As I look around this hallowed chamber, I know this is a place where so much history has been made. But today, I stand before you to talk about our present. I ran for Congress so that I could work to bring about a safer, less violent and more prosperous future, one in which our children can grow up without the fear of gun violence. Today is an important day in that fight. I look forward to working with you to protect our children from criminals and protect our 2nd Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens. Because we should - and can - do both.

I also look forward to working on the many other issues we face, such as creating jobs, passing immigration reform and continuing the hard work in improving our healthcare system.

But today is about a new beginning for the people of 2nd Congressional District, who I am so proud and honored to represent. I look forward to being their advocate and their champion and to working with you to create a brighter future for all of our constituents.

Thank you and God Bless.


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