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Hagan, Kissell sworn in Tuesday

Posted January 6, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— The newest members of North Carolina's congressional delegation are officially beginning their work in Washington.

Sen.-elect Kay Hagan and Rep.-elect Larry Kissell were sworn in Tuesday.

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Hagan and eight other new senators took the oath of office Tuesday in the front of the Senate chamber, with Vice President Dick Cheney presiding over the event. She embraced fellow U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., after accepting the oath.

"I'm very excited still," Hagan told WRAL News in an interview Tuesday afternoon after meeting with constituents. "It was a very humbling experience ... just to be in the Senate chambers, and you look around and you see all these senators I've seen on TV for years."

Burr and Twelfth District Congressman Mel Watt stopped by her new basement office to congratulate her.

"My advice to her is take 48 hours to enjoy becoming a United States senator (and) enjoy the fact that family and friends are here," Burr said. "That's going to be over, and it's going to be a tough grind after that."

Hagan said she's already working, co-sponsoring a bill that will be introduced soon.

A proposed $800 billion economic stimulus package is the top priority for Congress, and for Hagan and the rest of the North Carolina delegation, that means securing as much money for the state as possible.

"I know there's a lot of people unemployed in North Carolina. A lot of people are hurting," she said. "I want to be sure we can do whatever needs to be done to turn this economy around. I will be their voice here in Washington."

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Kissell, who represents the Eighth District, also was sworn in Tuesday, along with 52 other freshmen members of the U.S. House.

"I am going to work to bring jobs to the district and help lessen the tax burden placed on working families," Kissell said in a statement. "Unfair trade deals and high energy costs have combined to erode the American dream for many families in our district, and I am going to work hard to turn the tide away from the special interests and toward the interests of people who work hard and play by the rules."

Hagan and Kissell ousted Republican incumbents in November, adding to the Democratic majority in both chambers. North Carolina now has nine Democrats and six Republicans representing the state in Washington.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 7, 2009

    wcnc & Tyrohne, It keeps coming back to those wise words from Benjamin Franklin where he said, "Those who give up liberty for safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    It's just incredibly selfish to say that since something doesn't affect you, it doesn't matter and you shouldn't take action. According to that logic, why should white men care if women can vote or if slavery exists?

  • exteacher Jan 6, 2009

    Congratulations and Good Luck to a great woman, Kay Hagan!! She will represent ALL of us well, even those of you already criticizing her. (I suppose you felt well-represented by Liddy Dole, who had to buy her mother's house in order to establich residency in NC. How many times did you see her come to NC?)
    To Deb1003, if you had bothered to read the entire article about the press being kept out, you would have seen that they were invited to come AFTER the public reception was over as there was not enough room for everyone to fit (in her temporary office). Would you rather she had chosen the press to come in instead of her constituents??? Next time, try reading the whole article before making a judgment (and also consider the source).

  • Conservative Jan 6, 2009

    PaulRevere said "Your office will get used to hearing my voice because I plan to dog you until the day you leave office in 2012."

    Paul - unfortunately we have to wait till 2014! U.S. Senator's term lasts 6 years.

  • wcnc Jan 6, 2009

    hereandnow99- Last I looked, Congress gave approval for the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan....And many members had access to the intelligence and none of them said it looked weird or made up.....So, place just as much blame on Congress as on the President. And, since I don't participate in illegal activities, I could care less that there are warrantless wiretaps to catch terrorists.....Now, if it goes farther than that, I'd have a problem.....But if it catches terrorists, I think it's worth it.

  • Life-goes-on. Jan 6, 2009

    They'll do exactly the same thing there that they did here. Tax and spend!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 6, 2009

    Tyrohne, global neighbors. Do I really need to give you examples of Bush atrocities? (shaking my head over here...) Warrantless wiretapping of our phones, ignoring Geneva convention, expanding role of Prez (and Cheney VP) for example by declaring war...etc. Bush is a dictator wannabe who makes his own any cost...including National Security and our freedom. Just do a google for constitution violation and Bush.

  • pbjbeach Jan 6, 2009

    Well at the least kay will be living in this state an not in Kanas or washington as libby dole was doing thank you

  • Bob3425 Jan 6, 2009

    hereandnow99---should not smoke that stuff it's not good for you

  • Your Ignorance is Bliss Jan 6, 2009

    Hagan, Kay R. - (D - NC) Class II
    (202) 224-6342

    All information is readily accessible at

  • Quagmire Jan 6, 2009

    When will Hagan's Washington address, and the addresses of her local offices, be made available to the public?
    lauraleigh is still active so it may be a little while.