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Blum getting settled in Washington, acknowledges arm twisting already happening

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It's a new year, a new Congress and a lot of fresh faces.

One from Iowa is making history, but she's isn't the only freshman lawmaker from our state.

Senator-elect Joni Ernst has grabbed most of the headlines with her history-making march to Washington, becoming the first woman from Iowa elected to Congress. There's another lawmaker who's also settling in, hoping to make a difference.

Rod Blum, fresh off a hard-fought win over Pat Murphy in Iowa's 1st Congressional District, is getting situated in his new office in the nation's capital.

KWWL asked him if he reached out to anyone for guidance before making the trip to Washington. "I've been talking to my wife, my business partner... I asked him for advice. I've also spoken with congressmen, like Steve King and Tom Latham," said Blum.

Blum says the arm twisting is already underway.  Calls, e-mails & texts are coming in asking if he plans to vote for John Boehner as House Speaker. "I'm approaching it, as you would expect, as a career businessman. I'm asking a lot of questions. It's not worth casting a vote against Speaker Boehner if Speaker Boehner is going to win anyway. But I haven't made my mind up yet," said Blum.

Congressman-elect Blum will be sworn into office on Tuesday, the same day Joni Ernst will take the oath and become Iowa's newest senator.

Another Iowan is also taking on a key role in Washington.

Julie Adams has been named Secretary of the Senate, which is responsible for the day-to-day functions of the Senate, including legislative and financial duties.

She's a Luther College graduate who received her master's degree from the University of Iowa.

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