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Jenkins takes the oath of office
Republican Lynn Jenkins is now officially a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.She took the oath of office from the House floor in the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon."It was a swearing-in (ceremony). We said 'I do,' and now it's time to get to work," Jenkins said in a phone interview from her office in the Cannon House Building.In November, Jenkins, the former Kansas state treasurer, defeated Democrat Nancy Boyda, a one-term House member from the 2nd District, which includes western Lawrence.Some House votes are scheduled for this evening, but the events earlier in the day were mostly ceremonial. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, was re-elected to a second term as House speaker.In the House from Kansas, Republicans Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt and Democrat Dennis Moore also officially began their next terms. U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who also won re-election in November, was sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney.One of the major actions for the new Congress will be consideration of an expected economic stimulus plan when President-elect Barack Obama takes office.Jenkins said constituents have already given her feedback, such as opposition to bailouts."On the other hand, if we can get some tax relief to families and hard-working Americans, that's probably the best approach to stimulate the economy," Jenkins said.