Charles Djou (R-HI) took the oath of office on the House floor Tuesday, becoming the most junior member of the House of Representatives.
Djou defeated Democrats Ed Case and Colleen Hanabusa in a three way race on May 22. They were all vying to take the seat vacated by Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, who left to run for governor.
Republicans referred to this seat as “President Obama’s home district,” a label Democrats rejected. It marked the first Republican victory in eight House special election contests during the 111th Congress.
Djou will serve the remainder of current session and will have to run for reelection in November for a full 2 year stint.
It will now take 217 votes to get a majority in the House of Representatives.
Total Number of the house: 432 Democrats - 255
Republicans - 177
Vacancies - 3
1. Deal, Nathan (R-GA) resigned to run for governor 3/21/10.
2. Massa, Eric (D-NY)resignation effective 5PM 3/08/10 following ethics investigation.
3. Souder, Mark resigned (R-IN) effective 5/21/01 after admitting to an affair w/staffer.