Greg Murphy and Dan Bishop, two Republicans who won special elections last week in North Carolina, joined the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 17.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi swore in the two newest congressmen, temporarily bringing the chamber to full strength, the Associated Press reported, adding that Wisconsin GOP Rep. Sean Duffy announced he will relinquish his office next week.
Greg Murphy, a state legislator, easily defeated Democrat Allen Thomas in a strongly Republican coastal district. He replaces Republican Rep. Walter Jones, who died in February during his 25th year in office.
Dan Bishop, a conservative state senator, defeated Democratic challenger Dan McCready in the election on Sept. 10 by 2 percentage points.
This is the first time North Carolina’s 9th U.S. House District has had a representative since Jan. 3, when former Rep. Robert Pittenger’s term ended, according to Wfae.org.
“I look forward to getting to know you all and to working together with you to make common-sense solutions to make the lives of Americans better,” Bishop said at the Capitol.
Though the House adds two Republican members, the Democratic Party now still controls the chamber by 235-199, plus one independent. That means the Republican Party will need to gain 19 seats in the 2020 elections to recapture House control.