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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Rod Blum, Iowa's First Congressional District Representative-Elect, said in the weeks leading up to his campaign that if he was awake, he was campaigning.

After defeating long time Iowa State Representative Pat Murphy, Blum said he took some time to decompress, but not long.

"I got reacquainted with my family, and my dog," Blum said. "It's gotten to the point now where my dog doesn't bark every time I walk in the door. He recognizes me again, so that's good."

After that short decompression time, Blum headed to our nation's capital for a 9-day orientation, where he was given a lot of information.

"I've described as trying to take a sip of water out of a fire hose."

But he said it was a humbling experience.

"Just to get to stand where Abraham Lincoln's desk was, it gives me goosebumps," he said.

And now that the initial wave of training is done, Blum says he's ready to get to work.

"My number one issues always were and will be to get this economy re-ignited again, get it booming again. And that will help raise working families' household income."

He said a major way to do that is to make an effective budget.

"We need to stop operating on these continuing resolutions, and make sure we have a real budget in place," he said.

Blum will be serving on the House budget committee and the House oversight committee.  He said his experience balancing a budget for his business will serve him well. 

As for the oversight committee, he said he wants to have plenty of hearings on whether President Barack Obama has the Constitutional authority to make the executive orders he has.

"I'm going to work my tail off for the people of the First District for the next 24 months," he said.

Blum said he plans on having a handful of regional offices in Eastern Iowa, and even a mobile office, so he can reach as many people as he can.

"I also plan on coming back to Iowa every weekend.  I want to be here as much as possible," he said.

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