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Murphy reflects on tenure in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a few days, Chris Gibson will head to the nation's capitol to be sworn in as the next representative of New York's 20th Congressional District.

Earlier this year, the Republican from Kinderhook defeated Democrat Scott Murphy of Glens Falls in a heated Congressional election. Gibson rode a wave of voter anger that saw many incumbent Democrats swept out of office.

The U.S. House of Representatives rounded out its final legislative session last week - a session that was marked by the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a policy that long-banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. armed forces.

Congress also helped approve a health care package for 9/11 rescue workers.

Murphy was first elected to Congress in 2009 during a special election to replace Kirsten Gillibrand - who vacated the seat after being appointed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate post.

Murphy called his final day on Capitol Hill a historic one.

"I started out the day at the bill-signing ceremony with President Barack Obama where we repealed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' which was just a wonderful moment in the course of civil rights history," he said.

"And we ended the day with my very last vote in Congress to pass the 9/11 workers health care bill, so that we actually made sure that the people who went into the World Trade Center site after 9/11 and helped clean up and search for people who were wounded and could be saved and ended remediation work all are able to get the health care they need, because there are a lot of different ailments suffered as a result. That was a wonderful way to end my term in Congress," Murphy added.

Murphy said serving in Congress in 2010 was a rollercoaster ride, to say the least.

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