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WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressman TJ Cox was sworn in Thursday as the representative for California’s 21st Congressional District.

Cox, a Democrat, came back from behind in the November midterm election to beat out the six-year incumbent, Republican Congressman David Valadao from Hanford, in the race for the district, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties.

Cox released the following statement on his swearing in:

“I was honored to stand beside my family today as I was sworn in as your representative. Taking the oath of office, I was reminded of the trust and responsibility that the people of the Central Valley placed in me, and my obligation to fight for you each and every day in D.C.

“We’ve come to Washington with a divided government and a divided nation. The challenges facing our country are steep — but like so many of us, I am no stranger to tough challenges. Now is the time for bold leadership and bold ideas, and to recommit to the values that actually made our country great.

“My parents came to this country because they knew that they could build a better life for their children here in America. Our district is defined by folks like my parents — immigrants willing to do whatever it takes so that their children might struggle just a little less, and reach yet a little higher. Arriving in California all those years ago, my parents could never have imagined that their son might one day serve in Congress. To have my mother with me today, next to my wife and children, as I swore my oath means more than anything to me.

“I pledge to you that my priorities will be your priorities. There is too much at stake today for us to tread this path alone: No single party has all the answers. But looking at the challenges facing our country, I think about the last election and the movement that defied the odds and the doubters to bring change to the Central Valley. Working together, I know we can achieve the America that our parents dreamed for us. I look forward to serving you.”

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