Ron Barber will be sworn in as the 112th Congress’ newest Member today after winning a special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
As the lines are currently drawn, 18 percent of the district’s population is older than 65, and entitlement issues are key. Barber’s position during the campaign was that he would “responsibly adjust” Medicare and Medicaid, and he opposed the fiscal 2013 GOP budget proposal.
Barber said he is ready to get started, and he has already begun his apartment search in D.C, pulled together Arizona memorabilia for his office and located a Bible he and his wife share for the swearing-in.
“My energy level has been so high since I started this election,” he said. “I feel very youthful, even though I have a few gray hairs. I’m really ready to do this.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.