WASHINGTON, DC (WWBT) - It is a big day for the Commonwealth of Virginia. For the first time in history, a Virginian is the leader of the House Majority.
Eric Cantor officially took charge of the Republican leadership this morning. Cantor and his fellow House colleagues formally took the oath of office early this afternoon. Cantor is now the second most powerful member of the House of Representatives, behind only John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House. Cantor will lead a new group of Republicans making a similar promise: bringing "change" to Washington. But they certainly aren't the first to make that promise.
It is a day of hope and optimism in Washington; hope that carries from the top of the Republican ladder and Eric Cantor - all the way to the crop of new freshman just learning their way, like Rep. Robert Hurt.
"There is no question about this past election. There is a sense of urgency in this country," said Hurt.
Hurt, who is so new that his office has nothing on the walls and hardly anything on the book shelves, seems confident his party will keep their promises. Even though many have come to Washington and failed.
"I've never forgotten where I came from and I have always been true to the people I represent," said Hurt.
But according to Senator Mark Warner, Hurt and his fellow Republicans will need to come to the table with ideas both sides can agree upon.
"I am going to be anxious to hear and to see from our Republican colleagues not just that we want to make cuts but the specific cuts. Sometimes in politics rhetoric is easy, the details are a little tougher," said Warner.
And that reminder will be something this new crop of Republicans will probably be greeted with early on and often.