Rep. Greg Murphy sworn into office one week after winning special election

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The people of Eastern North Carolina have their voice back in Congress.

The people of Eastern North Carolina have their voice back in Congress (Source: Gray DC)

Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC) officially took the oath of office in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

Murphy won a special election last week, filling the seat left vacant after the passing of long-time Congressman Walter Jones in February.

Murphy inherits Jones’ old office, but he’ll have to earn his predecessor’s influence over years.

"I think we have to let the people know they have a representative in Washington D.C. I think the rest of it will take care of itself," Murphy said.

Moving from the state house to the U.S. Capitol, the Republicans will need to get used to being in the House minority.

Murphy says his first priority is finding solutions for constituents who call-in to the office with real-world problems.

"One of the unique things in our country is we have our tradition: I’m going to write my Congressman about this, and now they have a congressman," said George Washington University Political Science Professor Gary Nordlinger.

Working with the public will be Murphy's best chance to make his mark in a shortened term, according to Nordlinger.

If Murphy wants stick around for a second term, Nordlinger said the new congressman will have to start campaigning again almost immediately.

"A member of Congress is always campaigning," said Nordlinger.

It will not be long before Murphy will have to decide if he wants to run again to keep his new seat. Candidates who want a shot have to file their paperwork by December 20.

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