WASHINGTON — Congressman Adam Kinzinger on Thursday was sworn in as Illinois' 16th Congressional District representative in the 113th Congress.
Entering his second term in the U.S. House, Kinzinger previously served the 11th Congressional District, the boundaries of which were altered to exclude Grundy County as the result of redistricting following the 2010 Census.
“As we head into the 113th Congress," Kinzinger said after taking the oath of office, "our government’s problems are clear: we must quit spending more money than we take in; we must focus our efforts toward growing the private sector, where jobs are created; and Washington must pass a budget and get serious about comprehensive tax reform."
Kinzinger has been appointed to the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the 113th Congress. In addition, he has been tapped to serve on the Energy and Power Subcommittee on the Energy & Commerce Committee.
Kinzinger will continue his work on the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, and Communications and Technology Subcommittees. He will also remain a Republican Deputy Whip.
"We have tough decisions that lie before us – and a divided government – but we have to work together to overcome these obstacles while living within our means," Kinzinger stressed.
“In the coming months, the Senate and White House must work with the House to tackle serious fiscal reforms, including the sequester and the debt ceiling. The American people chose a divided government in Washington and they’re counting on us to work together.
"However, with all of the frustrations the American people have over the dysfunctions of Washington, there is a silver lining; and that is that more and more folks are speaking out and becoming engaged in the day-to-day issues of Washington. People are concerned about the direction and long-term stability of our country. This involvement enables Washington to have a healthy discussion about our toughest issues."
Kinzinger acknowledged that tackling the tough issues will require time and hard work on the part of those in Congress.
"But," he said, "I’m renewing today the pledge I made two years ago, which is to always remain accessible to the people of the new 16th District. My door is always open and my staff and I are here to ensure that constituents never walk away feeling that they weren’t able to share their thoughts, ideas, opinions and beliefs with me.
“I am truly humbled that the people of Illinois’ 16th Congressional District have chosen me to represent their voice in Washington. With their voice, I will work with Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike to find common sense solutions that will get our nation back on track.”
Kinzinger's new district office is at 628 Columbus St., Suite 507, Ottawa, Ill., 61350. The phone number is (815) 431-9271 and the fax number is (815) 431-9383.