New Congressman elected to post

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., has been elected president of the Republican freshman class.

Brother McKeon is a member of the Solemint Ward, Los Angeles California Santa Clarita Stake. (See Jan. 9 Church News for profile article on him.) He was elected president of his Republican class on Feb. 3 at an internal election meeting."Our class has many talented members and I plan to utilize everyone in developing a policy agenda," Brother McKeon said in a prepared statement. "I will work with the House leadership to effectively market Republican proposals and press for reforms that are important to us all."

Brother McKeon hopes the position will allow him additional opportunity to express his ideas in the House of Representatives.

The House's 47 newcomers represent more than 10 percent of the members of Congress.

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