July 26, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly sworn in Congressman Paul Broun of Athens is still assembling a staff, but says he will stay in Washington through the week and begin participating in votes.
Broun received a standing ovation from both sides of the aisle last night as he was sworn in by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The ceremony came one day after former state Senator Jim Whitehead said he would not ask for a recount of last week's Tenth District runoff election, which Broun won by fewer than 400 votes.
Broun stunned Whitehead in the race to succeed the late Republican Representative Charlie Norwood in the district, which includes Athens and parts of Augusta.
Whitehead, a Republican endorsed by the party establishment, had been the clear front-runner. He won 44 percent of the vote to Broun's 21 percent in a ten-candidate special election on June 19th.
As a member of the Republican minority, Broun is slated to serve on the Homeland Security and Science and Technology committees.