Steil holds swearing in ceremony in Janesville

Published: Jan. 20, 2019 at 7:06 PM CST
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Republican Congressman Bryan Steil was sworn in Sunday afternoon at a ceremony in Janesville.

Steil was already sworn in at a ceremony on Jan. 3 in Washington D.C., but in Sunday he held two ceremonies in his district, first in Racine and then in Janesville.

Steil is replacing Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's first congressional district. Ryan held the seat for 20 years before choosing not to run for reelection in 2018.

Steil defeated Democratic opponent Randy Bryce in November to win the seat.

At Sunday's ceremony, Steil promised to work hard and put policy before politics in order to be a voice for southeast Wisconsin. His first priority is working with Democrats and Republicans to reopen the government.

"I’m frustrated with what’s going on in Washington, form the perspective of where we’re at policy wise. We need to reopen the government. I think the president’s proposal is pretty reasonable. I’d like to see the Democrats come to the table with a resolution, but first and foremost, we need to be in Washington having a dialogue to reopen the government," he said.

Steil said he supports President Trump's request to fund border security, in particular, a border wall. He said he would like to see Democrats put forth a compromise.

Steil's priorities also include the economy and the cost of healthcare.

"How do we continue to grow the economy and how do we prepare workers to be able to take advantage of the economic growth that we’re seeing?" he said. "We also need to focus in on how do we lower the cost of healthcare? Healthcare has become too expensive and it needs to be more affordable and more accessible to families here in southeast Wisconsin."