HARRISBURG, Pa. — Democrat Conor Lamb is taking office a month after winning a nationally watched special election by about 750 votes for a southwestern Pennsylvania congressional seat long held by a Republican.
Lamb was sworn in Thursday to serve the remaining nine months in the term of now-resigned Republican Rep. Tim Murphy.
Lamb meanwhile is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against third-term Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus for a full term in a newly drawn district west of Pittsburgh.
That’s a dynamic created earlier this year when Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ordered new congressional district boundaries to replace 6-year-old boundaries that it ruled were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans.
The new district is considered a tossup.
Rothfus currently serves a rock-solid conservative district and his voting record in Congress is one of Pennsylvania’s most conservative.