Richard Hanna and Christopher Gibson, Republican challengers who defeated Democratic congressional incumbents in November, are set to take their oaths of office Wednesday.

Hanna, a retired contractor from Barneveld, will succeed Michael Arcuri in the 24th Congressional District, and retired Army Col. Gibson will succeed Scott Murphy in the 20th.

At noon, there will be a mass swearing-in on the floor of the House of Representatives. Later in the day the freshman representatives also will be sworn in individually by incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, their spokeswomen said.

The victors, whose sprawling districts meet in Otsego County, have completed their orientations and received their committee assignments. Hanna will serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the Education and Workforce Committee (until recently, the Education and Labor Committee).

Gibson will serve on the Agriculture and Armed Services committees.

Hanna said Monday he likes his assignments and is already working for the district.

"We have our staff in place, and we'll be opening new offices," he said.

His Utica office will move from the Federal Building to Genesee Street, and he plans to open part-time offices in Oneonta and Norwich, Hanna said.

His Oneonta office will be in City Hall, Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said Monday.

Hanna said he plans to open the office next month and have a staff member there about two days a week to help constituents.

"We have a backlog of requests from constituents, and I want to reduce that," he said.

Asked what he intends to focus on in his first year, Hanna said, "Economic development and job creation in upstate New York."

As Hanna prepares to take his oath of office, he has been traveling locally, meeting with business leaders and others in the district.

Among the firms he has visited are the Raymond Corporation in Greene and Unisom in Norwich, he said.

Business leaders are looking for sensible economic policy.

Gibson also has been active, planning and looking forward to Wednesday, spokeswoman Stephanie Valle said.

Among Gibson's priorities is repeal of The Affordable Care Act of 2010, according to his website, www.chrisgibsonforcongress.com/home.html.

Another link, dated Monday on Gibson's website, underscores that he will work to improve the economy.

This story in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise begins: "Chris Gibson says reducing 'impediments to growth' in the economy is at the top of his list of goals in Congress.

'The No. 1 priority is to get the private-sector economy going,' Gibson, a Kinderhook Republican who takes office today and will be sworn in Wednesday, said in an interview Friday," that newspaper reported.

Both representatives-elect are bound to please their constituents, Otsego County GOP Chairwoman Sheila Ross said.

"I think they'll both be working on the economy," she said Monday, "and both be conservative on government spending, which is what we need."

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