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Throughout the elections locally and nationally, it turned out to be a great night for the Republican Party. That remained true when it came the race for the 1st Congressional House seat.

Republican Jack Bergman won the 1st Congressional race by more than 45,000 votes over his opponent Lon Johnson.

Working in Washington will be a homecoming of sorts for Bergman, who is a former three–star General with the Marine Corps.

He cited the positive message in his campaign is what sealed the deal for him in the end. Bergman says he will focus on bringing jobs to the district and repealing the affordable care act.

“We need to make sure that we really do take healthcare to where it needs to go in the future and that means repealing Obamacare but replacing it with something that works; market based solutions, strategies that will allow that care to happen, especially in our district where you have a lot of rural medicine,” said Bergman

Before he does head to Washington, Bergman does plan on spending more time in the district talking with constituents at town hall meetings.

“My message to the people is that the representative represents everybody in the first district, not just one party or another. I encourage everyone to come out and attend and let’s talk about the issues that are important to them and they’re going to set my priorities to work on in D.C.” added Bergman.

Bergman will succeed Dr. Dan Benishek, who is retiring after three terms in office.