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US Reps. Shea-Porter, Kuster sworn in as members of the 113th Congress

WASHINGTON -- As Gov. Maggie Hassan took her oath of office in Concord, the state's two Democratic U.S. House members rounded out the first all-women congressional delegation in state history when they were sworn in on Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter returned to the seat she won in 2006 and held from 2007 through 2010, after winning a 1st District rematch election with former Rep. Frank Guinta in November.

U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster also took the oath of office as a member of the 113th Congress, after defeating former Rep. Charles Bass in November.

Kuster narrowly lost to Bass in 2010.

Kuster said she was appointed to the House Agriculture Committee, while Shea-Porter will return to the Veterans Affairs Committee.

Kuster said in a statement, &#';It's a great honor to join the U.S. House of Representatives and to serve the hard-working people of New Hampshire's Second District.

&#';We face many challenges as a state and country, but there is so much we can achieve if we're willing to put politics aside and do what's right for middle class families,&#'; she said. &#';From creating jobs and reducing the deficit, to strengthening our education system and protecting the environment, we have a chance to come together to move our state and country forward. I'm eager to get to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do just that.&#';

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