It’s official, for the first time in more than a quarter century Wally Herger will not be sitting on capitol hill as he hands the reigns over to longtime California lawmaker Doug LaMalfa.
LaMalfa officially took office at 11 a.m. Thursday when he took the oath along with the other members of the House of Representatives.
It's was a busy day for the newly elected congressman as he had to return to the floor just hours after being sworn in to cast his first official vote addressing the rules for the 113th Congress.
LaMalfa is among 82 freshmen that joined the house Thursday that are all hoping to make a long-term difference on Capitol Hill.
LaMalfa says it's time to develop long term legislation to address issues like the debt ceiling, fiscal cliff and the farm bill that were pushed off because of the uncertainty surrounding the presidential election.
"It's time to settle down and really think of things in a long-term way and not have politics dominate so much. I think that is certainly possible now starting here in January," LaMalfa said.
LaMalfa has some big shoes to fill taking over for retiring Congressman Wally Herger who served 13-terms in the House.
When asked if he thought he could match that feat, LaMalfa said he'd love to do it long term, but it is all up to the voters and he plans to take it one term at a time.
Congressman John Garamendi was also sworn in today for his third term in the house.
He represents the third district which includes Glenn, Colusa and Sutter Counties.