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CARBONDALE - Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, was officially sworn into the 113th Congress as the U.S. representative for the 12th congressional district Thursday in Washington, D.C.

On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Enyart joined his new colleagues in an en masse oath of office. He will host a community swearing-in in Belleville later this month.

“I am deeply honored to serve as the voice of Southern Illinois in Washington,” Enyart said. “It is a privilege and tremendous responsibility to take on the challenges our families face. Southern Illinois is blessed with a talented workforce, abundant natural resources, and a powerful sense of community.

"I have every confidence that by working together we can create a strong economic future for all of our families and protect the Southern Illinois way of life we share," he continued.

Enyart, a retired major general and commander of the Illinois National Guard, won a bitterly-fought race for the 12th district last fall against Republican Jason Plummer and Paula Bradshaw of the Green Party.

He replaces U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who retires after serving in Congress since 1988.

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