WASHINGTON – Thursday marked a changing of the guard for the Charlotte regions members in the U.S. House of Representatives.

For the first time in 50 years, North Carolina’s 8th and 9th districts had incoming freshmen members who were sworn in at the same time. While their districts have very different makeups, Republicans Richard Hudson and Robert Pittenger promised a similar vision in how they represent the greater Charlotte region.

“We’re here to get something done,” Hudson said. “We didn’t run for Congress just to get into office.”

In the 8th District, Hudson is replacing Democrat Larry Kissell, who he defeated in November. In the 9th District, Pittenger is replacing Republican Sue Myrick, who retired after serving eight terms.

Both men campaigned on a strict agenda of cutting government and reining in federal costs. They now must perform the balancing act of keeping their promise to stick to conservative principles while also making sure resources are secured in their neighboring Charlotte-area districts.

“The main issues now are spending and jobs and so I’m going to do everything I can to get the federal government out of the way of our job creators so we can put people back to work,” Hudson said.

Pittenger, a former North Carolina state senator, promised to follow through with his campaign pledge and focus on improving federal road projects and infrastructure in the Charlotte region.

“You have people standing in parking lots trying to make their way on [Interstate] 77, 85, Independence or whatever that road may be. If provisions are made in our budgeting, we can allocate funding for roads, I certainly will be an advocate for that,” he said.

Both men will be assigned to committees that suit their strengths and the district. Pittenger, a Charlotte resident, will serve on the House Committee on Financial Services. Hudson will represent the much more rural 8th District on the Agriculture Committee.