Syracuse (WSYR-TV/AP) – Dan Maffei has returned to a familiar environment after being sworn in as representative of New York’s 24th Congressional District.
The 113th Congress convened at noon, the constitutionally mandated time.
In November, the former one-term Congressman defeated Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle in a rematch of 2010’s race.
Maffei was previously previously elected as the 24th district's representative in 2008.
In 2010, Buerkle won the election over Maffei by fewer than 700 votes.
In the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden joined his former colleagues. He was swearing in the newest members as well as those who won another term in November.
In the House, they were electing the speaker, with John Boehner poised to win another term. The speaker will then swear in the members in the afternoon.