Several Hoosier politicians are among the new members of Congress sworn into office today in Washington, D.C., including 4th district Republican, Todd Rokita.
Former Indiana Secretary of State turned first term Congressman Todd Rokita and the other members of Congress have officially begun their work on Capitol Hill. One of the first acts of members of the U.S. House will be voting on a repeal of the federal health care reform laws. Responding to critics who say congress should first take action to put Americans back to work, Rokita defended the health care repeal vote on economic grounds.
“The surefire way to create jobs in this country and make it competitive again is to get government out of the way,” he says. “I don’t believe that government can really create jobs that grow the economy. So any bill that repeals part of government being in the private sector is a jobs creator.”
In addition to Rokita, 8th district Republican Larry Bucshon and 9th district Republican Todd Young are Indiana’s other new members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican Dan Coats, who previously served in Congress from 1981 to 1999, was also sworn back into office as a U.S. senator. Marlin Stutzman was sworn into his first full term after filling out the remainder of the previous term held by Mark Souder.