Bachus takes oath of office for eighth term

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Congressman Spencer Bachus began an eighth term last week as Shelby County&8217;s representative to Washington.

Bachus took the oath of office Thursday, as part of opening day ceremonies for the 110th Congress. &8220;It is again an honor to serve as the voice of the 6th District in our nation&8217;s capital,&8221; said Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills.

His district covers all of Shelby County and much of the greater Birmingham area.

Bachus said protecting Americans from terrorist attacks and continuing strong economic growth are the two top issues facing the new Congress.

He also called for both parties to work together to keep taxes low and balance the budget.

&8220;A lot can be accomplished on a bipartisan basis,&8221; said Bachus. &8220;It all comes down to working for the people of the 6th District and upholding their principles.&8221; He points to new Internet gambling bans and the expansion of the local Cahaba Wildlife Refuge as examples of politicians working towards a common goal.

He will also serve as the ranking republican on the financial services committee. The committee oversees the country&8217;s banking industry, credit cards, insurance and securities.

Bachus&8217; long campaign for financial committee chairman was thwarted because of GOP losses in November&8217;s elections. He will now be second to Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts democrat.

&8220;Barney Frank and I represent very different political philosophies, but when we disagree, we do amicably,&8221; said Bachus.

&8220;The elections are over, and a number of important matters await the committee&8217;s attention during the next Congress.&8221;