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Congressman Chuck Fleischmann heads to U.S. House as Republican minority

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann gives acceptance speech after winning election, Tuesday. (Image: WTVC)

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann says he's not worried now that his party lost the majority in the House.

Democrats will be in control - taking away 26 seats from Republicans last night.

"I'm very fortunate," Fleischmann said.

It will be his 5th consecutive term, but his first in a House that doesn't favor his party.

Overall, most constituents NewsChannel 9's Brittany Martin spoke with on Wednesday say they want Congress to unite.

"Regardless who holds the gavel it's not about control it's about working together," Tommy Massengale said.

Fleischmann says those concerns didn't fall on deaf ears.

"I vote the way the vast majority of my constituents want me to vote," he said.

When we asked if he plans to work with or against democrats, he says it will depend on the legislation.

"What I did hear from my constituents was support President Trump. Continue to support lowering taxes lower regulations keeping the country in the direction that it's going," he said.

Many Americans called yesterday's election a historical one.

Fleischmann says he's seeing a shift and is excited for what's to come in his next 2 years.

"The economy is booming. Unemployment is at an all time low," he said. "Americans are getting more dollars on their paycheck. But there's a sense of optimism out there that I've never seen in my life."

The Congressman says he'll now be a ranking member of the appropriations committee. That committee handles the Chickamauga Lock and federal education spending.

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