Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) swore in the newest member of the House on Thursday: Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), who pulled off a special election win this week that many say bodes ill for Democrats in the November midterms.
Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a highly watched contest on Tuesday to fill the seat of the late Rep. Bill Young (R). While Democrats noted that the seat has been held by a Republican for decades, the GOP argued that President Obama won that district in the last two elections and that the race was a bellwether for the midterm elections as a backlash against the president's unpopular health care law.
"I believe in civility," he said to his new colleagues. Jolly stressed that while members are elected to fight for their convictions, that should not mean bitter fights against each other. [WATCH VIDEO]
"It is a fight for the future of our country, not a fight against each other, and I know that," he said to applause.
Jolly also said that while he ran in a race that was watched around the country, the race is over, and it's time to work together.
"You have my commitment today to work with each and every one of you," he said. "I look forward to it."
With Jolly's swearing in, the partisan breakdown of the House now stands at 233 Republicans and 199 Democrats with three vacancies.