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Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, first Haitian American joins Congress

Haitian American Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick was sworn in Tuesday night as the newest member of Congress.

She will be filling the seat held by Alcee Hastings before his death in April, and will represent a majorly Democratic district.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., administered the oath of office to the 41-year-old political newcomer Tuesday evening at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

The Democrat defeated Republican challenger Jason Mariner during last week's special election to occupy the seat formerly held by the late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick won 79% of the vote in the Jan. 11 special election for Florida's 20th Congressional District. The district is made up of portions of Broward and Palm Beach counties and leans heavily Democratic.

Her victory boosts the Democrats' slender House majority to 222-212.

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