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Hanna: "An opportunity to serve the country and community I care about"

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKTV) - It's a whole new chapter in the life of Richard Hanna, the local businessman who will trade in his boots and Carhartt jacket for a sports coat, and begin his life as a congressman starting Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Richard Hanna is settling into his office in Washington, D.C.

Two months after the Republican from Barneveld was elected, he will join 95 other freshman congressmen during Wednesday's swearing in ceremony.

The headlines surrounding this congressional class - mainly the Republicans - easing the control government has over the people.

Hanna says he is hopeful to work with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in order to achieve that.

The congressman-elect says he has a big responsibility ahead of him, and that responsibility will be on his mind while he takes the oath Wednesday.

"My goal is to make this into something I can look back on and say 'Yes, I was who I said I was going to be, I accomplished something that was worth my time and the district's time,'" Hanna said. "That I can reflect on this as an opportunity to serve the country I care about and the community I care about. I have been given that, and I am going to drain it for all it's worth."

Hanna will serve on two committees: the Infrastructure Committee and Education Committee.

He says his goals will be to grow the 24th district, especially grow businesses in the district

Hanna is scheduled to get sworn in between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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