Yasmeen Khan is a reporter covering education. You can find her stories on the air and on SchoolBook.org, WNYC’s education website.
Mr. Turner Goes to Washington
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Republican businessman Bob Turner is now officially a member of Congress. He was sworn in earlier today as the representative for New York's 9th Congressional District, which covers parts of Queens and Brooklyn.
After warm introductions from fellow New York Representatives Peter King and Charles Rangel, Turner, 70, spoke briefly on the House floor.
"It's with true humility I accept this awesome responsibility," he said. "And I pledge not to forget how I got here. It was an important bipartisan election. It's the only way that can be done in New York City."
Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin in a special election on Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by former Representative Anthony Weiner. New York's 9th Congressional District has been without representation since Weiner resigned in June.