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Newly elected Republican congressmen pledge to respond to voters

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

State House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith said late Tuesday that he was glad to put the "fight back in the Fightin' Ninth" by defeating 28-year incumbent Rick Boucher (D) in southwest Virginia.

"Washington has a lot of problems, and I now feel the burden to correct some of those,'' he said. "Make it clear -- cap and trade is not going to pass. I will fight to rein in the EPA, and look at all regulations that have negatively affected the businesses in southwest Virginia."

At his victory speech at the Bristol Holiday Inn, Griffith recognized Bill Wampler Sr., the last Republican to hold the seat in the 9th district. Boucher defeated Wampler in 1982 and has held the seat ever since.

Republican Scott Rigell, who defeated freshmen Democrat Rep. Glenn Nye in the 2nd district in Hampton Roads, said he was "deeply humbled and grateful" for the support.

"There is a firm resolve all over our community to set aside political party, and come together to solve the challenges facing our great nation,'' he said in a statement. "Although this has been a long and rewarding campaign, the hard work has just begun. The new members of Congress have a special duty, I believe, to be true to the principles upon which we're running."

By Anita Kumar  | November 2, 2010; 10:50 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Anita Kumar, Election 2010, Glenn Nye, Morgan Griffith, Rick Boucher, Scott Rigell  
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