Ohio’s 11th Congressional District gets its voice back in Washington

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 4:09 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Ohio’s 11th District has representation in Congress once again. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) swore in Rep. Shontel Brown (D-OH) Thursday just two days after her decisive special election victory.

With her hand on the bible, the Speaker of the House, her family, and her predecessor Marcia Fudge in attendance - Shontel Brown joins the ranks in Washington at a historic juncture.

“It was so surreal and such a blessing to be able to do it with the presence of my family, my pastor, parts of my team who came in town to witness this moment,” said Brown.

It will be trial by fire for Brown as lawmakers are currently considering generational pieces of legislation. Things like an infrastructure overhaul, a climate and social spending package amounting to nearly $1.75 trillion, voting rights, and much more are on the table for the newly minted representative.

“Those are the things that are really, really important to the people in the 11th Congressional District and quite frankly across the country so I’m ready to hit the ground running,” said Brown.

Brown says she will work to form relationships right off the bat. She says that includes with members across the aisle.

“Today I’ve been greeted warmly by some of the other Republican members and so I hope to be able to build upon that and establish a position of bipartisanship,” said Brown.

Though she is just starting out on Capitol Hill, Brown will only have six months to make her mark before yet another Democratic primary that is slated for May 3. That race could feature a rematch between Brown and the more progressive Nina Turner who gave Brown a tight race three months ago.

“One race at a time but yes I am definitely thinking about the future but more than anything making sure that I serve the people of the 11th Congressional District,” said Brown.

Brown was sworn in at the same time as Rep. Mike Carey (R-OH) the new representative for Ohio’s 15th District in the southern part of the state.

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