Tuesday night, over one-hundred million Americans lined up outside of their polling places, cast their votes, shattered turnout records, and changed the course for this great country. I am so proud of the decision my fellow Americans have made, and I am honored to have been re-elected to serve you in the 111th Congress.
This was a tough campaign, and I know that we would not have been as successful without your tremendous support and hard work. You and your neighbors throughout the 19th Congressional district put the rubber to the road, made thousands of phone calls, knocked on countless doors—and you can take satisfaction in knowing that you helped make the difference. Thank you so much for never giving up and for fighting so hard.
In 2006, you elected me to the House of Representatives because you wanted to see change in Washington. Since then, I have worked hard to bring about change, especially by helping our veterans get the benefits they have earned and advocating for a new energy policy that invests heavily in wind, solar, and other forms of renewable energy.
There is still much more to be done. The issues facing our country - the economic crisis, global climate change, millions of Americans without health care - are huge and complex. To address these challenges, we must encourage more involvement in the Democratic process and stay committed to working together.
I cannot thank you enough for your generous support and your tremendous grassroots efforts again this year. When I return to Washington to serve in Congress, I will continue to fight for you and for the change we desperately need.
Thank you, and congratulations!