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Who Are the Newest Members of the House of Representatives? -- PICTURES

photo of Kenneth Chamberlain
June 19, 2012

Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., was sworn in to office on Tuesday after winning a special election to replace his former boss, Gabrielle Giffords, who resigned earlier in the year.

Barber is only the latest member of the House of Representatives to take a seat long after the 112th Congress began. The new members were elected after their their predecessors resigned in scandal, to take new jobs, or for other reasons.

There are also two vacancies in the House. One is the result of the resignation of Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., who stepped down to focus on his run for governor. The other is the result of the death of Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., earlier this year.

Below are the newest members of the House, according to the House Press Gallery website.

Ron Barber, D-Ariz., was elected on June 12 to fill the seat of his former boss, Gabrielle Giffords, who resigned to focus on her recovery from a 2011 shooting.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., won a Jan. 31 special election after her predecessor, David Wu, stepped down amid charges that he made inappropriate advances toward a friend's teenage daughter.(Rick Bowmer/AP)

Mark Amodei, R-Nev., was elected in Sept. 2011 to fill the seat of Dean Heller, who was appointed to the Senate by Nevada's governor. Heller replaced John Ensign, who resigned from the Senate amid an ethics scandal.(Cathleen Allison/AP)


Bob Turner, R-N.Y., took over Anthony Weiner's seat in Sept. 2011 after Weiner resigned in a Twitter-related sex scandal.(AP Photo/David Duprey)

Janice Hahn, D-Calif., was elected after an acrimonious special election in July 2011. She filled the seat of Jane Harman, who had resigned earlier in the year to head the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Hahn is pictured here taking a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with House Speaker John Boehner R-Ohio, and her daughter, Katy Yates.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., was elected in May 2011 to fill the seat of Chris Lee, who had abruptly resigned following a scandal involving racy photos on Craigslist.(AP Photo/David Duprey)

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