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CONGRESS Short-term rep is giving his all

On a day when Republican candidate — and state chairman — Nick Langworthy plans a meet and greet in Fredonia later this evening, we take a bit of time to reflect on the introduction to the region’s current representative. Last week, U.S. Rep. Joe Sempolinski spoke during the Congressional Breakfast that is held annually by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.

Though he will only hold the seat for a bit longer than three months, he is focused on working for his constituents. “For me, the first priority of any elected official is to be responsive to the people you represent,” he said. “When you cast a vote, you’re speaking for the people. I work for the people of the 23rd district. It’s a profound honor to speak for you on the floor of the House of Representatives. It’s the honor of a lifetime.”

Based on those sentiments — and his previous work — Sempolinski takes representation seriously. While serving as chief of the Congressional staff for District 23 under Tom Reed, Sempolinski was at the forefront of many regional initiatives. In 2013, he spoke with force at the Williams Center in a hearing to the Public Service Commission about the importance of the NRG power station to Dunkirk.

Sempolinski’s time in the seat will be limited due to a November election in which he is not a candidate. His enthusiasm — and knowledge of the Southern Tier, however, is a benefit for those who live in the district while he serves.

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