UPDATE: Carol Miller sworn into U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Rep. Carol Miller, a West Virginia Republican, was officially sworn in on Thursday.
She is the lone Republican woman entering the House of Representatives for the first time. She will represent West Virginia's 3rd congressional district.
Miller, who defeated Democratic challenger Richard Ojeda in the November election, gave a glimpse of what she's going to focus on when things in Congress are back up and running.
"The past years have been hard on West Virginia, particularly southern West Virginia, but since President Trump has taken office we've seen jobs come back," Miller said. "People in Logan and little tiny towns in the machine shops, people want to work. Its all about jobs."
Miller joins fellow Congress members David McKinley and Alex Mooney in the House of Representatives. McKinley began his fifth term on Thursday, while Mooney started his third term.
It was a hotly contested race, and the person who came out on top to win the U.S. House seat in West Virginia’s 3rd congressional district is Carol Miller.
Miller, the Republican on the ticket, defeated Democrat Richard Ojeda by 78,495 votes to 60,696.
When it comes to healthcare, Miller says she will fight to preserve coverage of pre-existing conditions, and also make sure healthcare is affordable.
"Everyone is concerned about pre-existing conditions as well," said Miller. "I will work with the administration to make sure that whatever is done, that that will happen. It is so important to people in West Virginia as well as across the country."
Jobs and economic growth in southern West Virginia are other concerns. Miller says she will work to maintain growing the coal industry, but wants to bring other opportunities to the region.
"All jobs are important," Miller said. "We do need to diversify as much as we can. But we are an energy state. Our coal industry has turned around and they're working so hard to bring coal back as it has been in the past."
Miller says she will push to protect our borders, but also work to better the process to become a legal citizen. She wants to help grow the coal industry and bring other opportunities to the region
"Immigration happens all over the world," said Miller. "We have been so lax in what we've done. We will welcome people here, we just have to get the right tone and figure out the right system to do it."