U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today was sworn into office, one week after he was elected to represent Arizona's 8th Congressional District.
"As an Arizonan, I look to the example of Congressman Mo Udall and Senator Barry Goldwater, two leaders in their respective parties who disagreed on much, but did so without being disagreeable," Barber said after he was sworn in. "They came together many times to do what was right for their state and their country."
House Speaker John Boehner administered the oath of office to Barber at about 2 p.m. (Washington time) today.
Barber won a special election last week to fill the remaining six months of the term of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who resigned in late January.
This is the first time Barber has served in elective office. He had a 30-year career with the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Arizona Department of Economic Security, eventually serving as its director. In 2007, when Giffords first took office, she asked Barber to serve as her district director - a position he held until resigning in February to run for Giffords' seat.
After Barber was sworn in today, he was welcomed to the House in remarks delivered by two Arizona colleagues - Reps. Ed Pastor and Jeff Flake.