House Swears in 2 New GOP Members

September 15, 2011 - 11:50 AM
US NY Special Election

Newly elected Republican Bob Turner speaks to the press after winning former Congressman Anthony Weiner's (D) house seat in a special election, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in the Manhattan borough of New York. The novice politician and retired broadcasting executive billed his win in a heavily democratic district as a warning to President Obama and his 2012 re-election bid. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has sworn in two new Republican members, including Bob Turner, who scored an upset victory Tuesday in a New York City congressional district traditionally held by Democrats.

Turner, a retired broadcasting executive, took the oath of office along with former state senator Mark Amodei, who easily captured the Nevada seat held by Republican Dean Heller. Last May, Heller was appointed to a vacated Senate seat.

The Turner victory in a district where Democrats hold a 3-1 registration edge was hailed by Republicans as a reflection of voter frustration with President Barack Obama's inability to turn around the faltering economy. He succeeds Democrat Anthony Weiner, who resigned over a racy text messaging scandal.

With the two new members, Republicans hold a 242-192 edge over Democrats. There is one vacancy.