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Freshman Class of Congress Begins Orientation

Image Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Lawmakers return to Washington this week to begin a lame duck session of Congress, but before they convene, the new freshman class will have already met for their orientation.

Some freshmen entering the House and Senate will replace members of Congress with a wealth of experience, but many eager newcomers believe they will bring a fresh outlook that will help them make decisions on how to legislate.

The freshman class is one of the largest Washington has seen in years, with at least 85 new members joining the GOP in the House.

Nearly half of the new Republicans have never served in government. Among them there are six doctors, three car dealers, two funeral directors, an airline pilot and a pizza restaurant owner.

There will be seven new women in the House when Congress convenes next year. Also, joining the GOP ranks will be two blacks, including Tim Scott of South Carolina.

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