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Udall sworn in again

Udall, who represents the 2nd Congressional District, was sworn in for his third term during opening ceremonies for the 108th Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol.

Udall announced he will be opening a satellite office in Minturn. His main Colorado office is in Westminster.

“Minturn is a well located to reach out to the mountain counties Mark represents,” said Udall’s press secretary, Lawrence Pacheco. “He wants to maintain a consistent presence in all parts of the district to keep voters informed and provide as much access for them as possible.”

Udall’s district includes includes Eagle, Summit, Boulder, Adams, Clear Creek, Grand, Gilpin and Broomfield counties, as well as parts of Jefferson and Weld counties.

“I am honored that the people of the 2nd Congressional District have once again given me this enormous responsibility,” Udall said. “Serving them in Congress is a job I take very seriously. I will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to address the economic and security issues that families face everyday.”

Udall was joined on the House floor by his children Jed, 16, and Tess, 12,

as he took his oath of office. His wife, Maggie Fox, also attended the

swearing-in ceremony.

Udall said lawmakers face a full slate of issues, both at home and abroad.

“I am dedicated and committed to winning the war on terrorism, but real security means not only the war on terror but also economic, health, education and environmental security for all Americans,” Udall said.

The congressman said one of his first official acts of the 108th Congress was to urge House members to approve providing an additional 13 weeks of federal unemployment benefits to many of the 122,835 jobless Coloradans who have exhausted their 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits.

Congressional Democrats have offered their own proposals for extending unemployment benefits, as well as an economic stimulus package to counter President Bush’s plan.

Udall handily defeated Republican Sandy Hume in last November’s election.