Hoeven, Berg take oaths of office

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The newest members of North Dakota's congressional delegation have been sworn into office in Washington.

Former Gov. John Hoeven is the state's first Republican senator in a quarter century. Rick Berg is the first North Dakota Republican in the U.S. House in three decades. They took the oath of office on Wednesday.

Hoeven easily defeated Democrat Tracy Potter in the Nov. 2 election for the Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Byron Dorgan. Berg defeated incumbent Democrat Earl Pomeroy with nearly 55 percent of the vote.