WASHINGTON D.C., DC — Two days after her victory over Laverne Gore in the Special Election for Ohio's 11th Congressional District, Shontel Brown was sworn in during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
"I'm feeling very relieved, very ecstatic," Brown told 3News crews as she departed Cleveland Hopkins Airport for Washington on Wednesday morning. "I'm going to hit the ground and get to work. I've already got calls from multiple leaders from Washington, so I'm headed to D.C. to deliver for the people. There's some big votes ahead, and I'm ready to do the hard work that the people elected me to do."
Brown took home just under 80% of the vote in Tuesday's election, a more than 59,000-vote lead in the district which holds parts of Cleveland and Akron.
The former Cuyahoga County councilwoman will replace Marcia Fudge in the U.S. House of Representatives. Fudge was confirmed as secretary of the Department Housing and Urban Development earlier this year after being appointed to the position by President Joe Biden. Brown won the Democratic primary earlier this year over Nina Turner, a former Cleveland City councilwoman and Ohio state senator favored by progressives in the area.
As for whether or not the newly elected Congresswoman got any sleep last night after the election, Brown says it was the first night of good rest she's gotten in almost a year.
"It was the most restful night I've had since December," Brown told 3News.