Fil-Am wins House seat for California
Rep. Jim Costa was sworn in for the eighth time to represent California’s 16th congressional district, serving as a Democrat in Congress since his initial election in 2004. He previously served in the California State Assembly from 1978 until 1994, and in the State Senate from 1994 until 2002. Cox, whose father immigrated from China before he met his mother from an unidentified town in the Philippines, will represent California’s 21st congressional district. Thirteen years ago, Cox ran for the US House of Representatives in California’s 19th congressional district but lost to George Radanovich. At that time, the 19th district was located in the San Joaquin Valley and included portions of the current 21st congressional district. “There’s a lot of work to do and we’ve just been sworn in and we’re ready to get to work,” said Cox, adding “We need to get back to the people’s business, and that’s re-opening the government.” The federal government has been shut down for the third time in a year as Congress faces off with President Donald Trump over border wall funding. Rep. Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House for a second time, as Democrats took control of the lower chamber.