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Jokes, cameras, rituals mark Karen Handel’s first day on Capitol Hill

12:01 am Jun. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — There was a brief photo-op with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a few formalities from U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a hug and then an oath.

The whole affair took less than half an hour. And just like that, Karen Handel made Georgia history, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman.

Monday evening’s events on the House floor were a coda, an end to the state’s omnipresent 6th Congressional District

Watch Karen Handel get sworn in as Georgia’s first GOP congresswoman

7:44 pm Jun. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — Karen Handel made Georgia history Monday evening, becoming the state’s first Republican congresswoman when she was sworn in by House Speaker Paul Ryan to represent Georgia’s 6th District.

The occasion came six days after she defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a closely-watched special election that saw record levels of outside spending.

In a brief speech to her new colleagues from the well of the House, the former secretary

Forces that once opposed Karen Handel helped notch historic 6th District win

12:00 pm Jun. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — It might not have seemed that way, but the scene at a stuffed Roswell restaurant on the eve of last week’s runoff was a quietly remarkable one.

It was the night before the 6th Congressional District vote, and Gov. Nathan Deal was campaigning for a former opponent his staff once described as a spout of “unhinged blather.” Sprinkled in the crowd of hundreds of energetic Karen