Newly elected congressmen face tall task in Dem-controlled House

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- With the mid-term elections complete, the attention now shifts to January when new members of Congress are sworn in.

Republican Ben Cline and Denver Riggleman will join Congress for the first time, after winning their elections in the 6th district and 5th district, respectfully.

The two freshman congressmen will face a difficult task after Democrats re-took control of the House for the first time in 8 years.

"They're going to be challenged because they're freshman," said WDBJ7 political analyst Dr. Bob Denton. "In two years, they want to build a legislative record, and they want to work the home district."

Denton said each party will have to create a strategic plan of how to approach the next two years. Democrats will have to decide how disruptive they want to be for the Trump administration while also getting work done. Republicans will have to find bipartisan solutions while also not giving in on key issues.

Following their victory, both Cline and Riggleman said they're ready to get to work.

"There's a lot of independent thinkers in the 5th district, so right now I'm just going to try to concentrate on making sure that everything I do is civil in tone," Riggleman said.

"I have worked in a bi-partisan manner in Richmond on issues like transparancy in government to higher education," said Cline.

Denton believes the new Congress can find bipartisan solutions to issues like infrastructure and education, but will fail to make much progress on critical problems involving healthcare and immigration.