WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Air Force Capt. Bill Owens, a Democrat, was sworn in to represent New York's 23rd Congressional District in time to vote on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system.
Owens beat Conservative Doug Hoffman in the special election on Tuesday after Republican Dierdre Scozzafava (skoh-zuh-FAH'-vuh) withdrew under pressure from the party's right wing.
The seat was vacated when John McHugh became secretary of the Army. Owens is the first Democratic congressman from the region since 1857.
House Democrats had hoped to pass a health care bill Saturday but acknowledged Friday they didn't have enough votes yet.