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Hanabusa sworn in as Hawaii representative in U.S. House

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    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., conducts a ceremonial swearing-in for Rep.-elect Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, right, as her husband John Souza, center, participates, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

WASHINGTON >> The House has three new members and stands at its full complement of 435.

Democrats Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii and Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania and Republican James Comer of Kentucky were sworn in Monday night by House Speaker Paul Ryan. All three won special elections last week to fill vacant seats.

Hanabusa is replacing Democratic Rep. Mark Takai, who died of cancer this summer. She won both the 1st Congressional District special election for Takai’s current term, and the general election race for the two-year term beginning in January. Hanabusa served two terms in the House from 2011 to 2015 before making an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate.

“My return to the U.S. House of Representatives is bittersweet following the unfortunate and untimely passing of my dear friend, Mark Takai,” she said in a statement. “I am, however, humbled that the voters of Hawaii’s First Congressional District have put their trust and faith in me to continue to fight for their values and best interests in our nation’s capital.”

Evans is replacing Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah, who resigned in June after being convicted of using federal grants and nonprofit funds to repay an illegal loan. And Comer is filling the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield, who resigned in September amid a House ethics investigation.

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