Congressman hopes for bi-partisanship after Democrats House victories

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-(WTAP) Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia and Southern Ohio will keep their seats after yesterday's elections.

But that isn't true for much of the rest of the country.

For the first time in eight years, Democrats will control the House after the first of January.

Ohio Republican Representative Bill Johnson believes his past experience of working in a bi-partisan way will help him during the next two years.

"I'm one of the few Republicans who had seven bills signed into law by (former president) Barack Obama," Johnson said Wednesday, "so I've demonstrated a willingness to work across party lines, and I will do that. I guess it just remains to be seen whether our colleagues on the other side of the aisle, (House Democratic leader Nancy) Pelosi and her team are going to be able to work with us or not."

Representative Johnson noted the party in power traditionally loses an average of 32 seats in a mid-term election.

At last report, Democrats picked up 20 seats in Tuesday's elections.