U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., issued the following statement Thursday after being sworn in to the 113th United States Congress as the representative of Georgia’s 14th Congressional District:
"Representing Georgians in Congress is the honor of a lifetime. Every day, I will work with conviction to reform Washington so that Georgia’s families and businesses can prosper.
"Many challenges await the new Congress, and most important among them is growing the economy so the private sector can create jobs. For far too long, millions of Americans have been trapped by misguided, big government policies that have prolonged their unemployment and suffering. I believe the unemployed will find jobs and our communities will prosper when government is small and limited. I believe the economy will grow when we trust the people, protect our constituents’ wallets, and force the government to balance its budget.
"I know we can accomplish the real and meaningful reform necessary to build a prosperous future. It will be a struggle, and we may face more cliffs and shutdowns along the way, but the cause is worthy and the future of our country depends on our success."
Graves served from 2010-2012 as the representative of Georgia’s 9th District and was reelected as the 14th District representative as a result of reapportionment. Paulding County is now a part of the newly created 14th District after reapportionment moved it out of U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s 11th District.