Dennis Moore swore allegiance to the United States and became the sole Democrat in Kansas' six-member congressional delegation.
Lenexa attorney Dennis Moore was sworn in Wednesday as the Kansas 3rd District congressman during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
In an expensive and bitterly contested race, Moore denied incumbent GOP Rep. Vince Snowbarger a second term by capturing 52 percent of the vote in a district that includes Douglas County.
Moore, 53, is the only Democrat in the state's six-member congressional delegation. The 3rd District had not elected a Democrat in 40 years.
Nationally, Moore was among five Democratic Party challengers to defeat an incumbent Republican in November.
"I am honored to serve the people of Kansas," Moore said. "My goal is common ground between constituencies. I hope to earn a reputation as a tough, fair and moderate legislator."
He entered a House led by a new speaker, Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., one step ahead of the Senate impeachment trial for President Clinton.
Moore's legislative priorities:
- Apply budget surpluses to make Social Security solvent in the future. Clinton projected a surplus of more than $76 billion for fiscal 1999.
- Reduce school class sizes to improve public education.
- Reform health managed-care organizations to allow physicians and patients to make medical decisions.
- Eliminate the marriage penalty to lower middle-class taxes.
- Balance the budget without borrowing from the Social Security trust fund.
Moore was appointed to the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services and the House Committee on Small Business for the 106th Congress.
"My goal is to work with banks, consumers, business owners and workers to solve problems and maintain a strong and growing economy."
Meanwhile, Moore is gearing up for a re-election campaign in 2000. He's held fund-raisers in anticipation of another costly race for the Kansas 3rd District congressional seat.
Moore said a substantial campaign treasury was key to his victory in 1998. About 2,400 individuals contributed $620,000 -- two-thirds of his total. Political-action committees donated $342,000 to Moore, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics based in Washington.
"We won this election because of our early financial support," he said. "My opponents are recruiting candidates for the 2000 election even before I cast my first vote."
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