Conor Lamb sworn in to Congress after special election win

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 12, 2018 6:39 PM

Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate for the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, center, celebrates with his supporters at his election night party in Canonsburg, Pa., early Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Harrisburg) -- Democrat Conor Lamb is taking office a month after winning a nationally watched special election by about 750 votes for a southwestern Pennsylvania congressional seat long held by a Republican.

Lamb was sworn in Thursday to serve the remaining nine months in the term of now-resigned Republican Rep. Tim Murphy.

Lamb meanwhile is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against third-term Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus for a full term in a newly drawn district west of Pittsburgh.

That's a dynamic created earlier this year when Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered new congressional district boundaries to replace 6-year-old boundaries that it ruled were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans.

The new district is considered a tossup.

Rothfus currently serves a rock-solid conservative district and his voting record in Congress is one of Pennsylvania's most conservative.

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