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Katherine Clark sworn in as Congresswoman

Melrose resident and Democrat Katherine Clark was sworn in Thursday as a member of the Mass. Congregational Delegation.

Katherine Clark after winning a seat in Congress Tuesday night in Stoneham. Credit: Mark Ouellette
Katherine Clark after winning a seat in Congress Tuesday night in Stoneham. Credit: Mark Ouellette
Posted by Mark Ouellette

Melrose resident and Democrat Katherine Clark was sworn in Thursday as a member of the Mass. Congregational Delegation, according to a press statement.

From the floor of the House, Clark vowed to stand with the middle class families of the 5th Congressional District, according to the statement. Clark defeated Republican challenger Frank Addivinola Jr. in the race for Congress on Tuesday.

"The Massachusetts Fifth, from Revere to Cambridge, Waltham to Framingham, is home to some of this country’s and the world’s most respected universities and innovative companies," Clark said in the statement. "We are deeply proud of these incredible institutions. But what defines the Fifth District is its families."

Clark continued, saying, "As I talked with families around their kitchen tables, I found they are just like mine, and I’m sure, just like yours. We are teachers, small business owners, CEOs and machinists. We work in stockrooms and board rooms. We are recent immigrants and descendants from early American settlers. We are of all political ideologies, and yes, deep in the heart of Red Sox Nation, we even have a few Yankees fans."

Clark was introduced to the House by the dean of the Mass. Delegation Congressman Richard Neal. Malden native and Sen. Edward Markey, whose former seat she now occupies, also joined her in the chamber.

“Senator Markey, you set a standard of excellence during your time in the House," Clark said in the statement. "I look forward to carrying on your work for the people of our district and partnering with you and the entire Massachusetts delegation to move Massachusetts and our country forward.” 

The Congresswoman will now serve out the remainder of the term through 2014, according to the statement. Clark officially resigned her Massachusetts State Senate effective Wednesday, Dec. 12, the statement adds.

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