The newest member of the House, Kathy Hochul (D-NY) was sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) at about 3:12 p.m. Wednesday.
After her brief swearing-in, Hochul was introduced by Reps. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY), and delivered brief remarks to her family and assembled members.
"We can and must find common sense solutions to problems facing each of our districts and our country," she said. "As we have learned, our constituents expect and deserve no less."
Hochul won office in the historically conservative 26th district of New York, in an election that many saw as a referendum on House Republican plans to alter the Medicare program. Hochul was sworn in just before House members voted on a rule for the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, which Democrats were objecting to because it would deem passage of the House Republican budget that includes changes to Medicare.