Special to the Reporter

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, a Republican from Bryan who will represent Somervell County and the 17th Congressional District, last week was sworn into the 112th Congress by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Speaker Boehner then conducted an individual, ceremonial swearing-in for Flores following the en masse oath of office.

“This historic occasion marks the beginning of a new majority that will stay firmly focused on the priorities of hardworking Americans and that has pledged to fight for economic recovery, job creation and reduced spending,” Flores said afterward.

“I am honored to serve the people of Texas’ 17th Congressional District and I look forward to the opportunity to work with my colleagues in the 112th Congress to implement fiscally responsible policies so that we may begin restoring America’s promise and prosperity for future generations.”

Flores, a political neophyte, last November defeated veteran Chet Edwards, a Waco Democrat, as part of the backlash movement against President Barack Obama's policies that swept many Democrats out of office. His district extends from the Bryan-College area to Somervell County and up to the southern suburbs of Tarrant County.

Political analysts considered it one of the nation's most conservative-leaning congressional districts held by a Democrat until last fall's election.