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Hochul Takes Oath of Office in D.C.

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Kathy Hochul (D)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The western New York Democrat who won a surprise victory in a special election after focusing her campaign on Republican plans to reshape Medicare has been sworn into office in the House.

Kathy Hochul was elected last week in an outcome that buoyed Democrats still jarred by their loss of House contro lin the 2010 elections. The conservative district has long been represented by Republicans.

Hochul focused late advertising on support her Republican opponent, Jane Corwin, voiced for a House GOP budget that would transform Medicare health care coverage for the elderly into a voucher program. Top Democrats have said they will use that formula in next year's congressional contests.

Hochul, 52, took the oath of office Wednesday on the House floor.

The former Erie County Clerk is taking over the suite in Room 1711 of the Longworth House Office Building that former GOP Rep. Chris Lee occupied until he resigned in February. She also will occupy the two district offices in Williamsville and Greece.

The former Erie County Clerk is taking over the suite in Room 1711 of the Longworth House Office Building that former GOP Rep. Chris Lee occupied until he resigned in February. She also will occupy the two district offices in Williamsville and Greece.

On Tuesday, a few of Hochul's former campaign workers began setting up the office equipment in her new Washington office.

Hochul's spokesman, Fabien Levy, said the congresswoman-elect has not yet been advised of her committee assignments. Hochul could find it difficult to find a seat on a desirable committee because Democrats have fewer seats as members of the minority party.

AP/Brian Tumulty-Gannett Washington Bureau

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