Newest House member Bonamici vows to help 'rebuild' America

Bonamici, a Democrat, beat out Republican candidate Rob Cornilles in an election that was called to fill the seat vacated by Rep. David Wu (D), who resigned in disgrace last year after reports that he was involved in a sexual encounter with an 18-year-old girl.

Bonamici, an Italian-American and a former consumer protection attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, said in remarks to her new colleagues that she wants to help restore the American Dream.

"There are too many families still struggling to make ends meet, and they want to know that their voices are heard in our deliberations," she said.

"Our economy and the nation's confidence are both in need of rebuilding. As we work together, let us remember that the unparalleled prosperity and creativity of this great nation over the last century can be traced to this promise: that if you work hard and play by the rules you can succeed in America."