Today is a big day for Mary Jo Kilroy.
Mary Jo Kilroy (D., Ohio): Ms. Kilroy joins a growing number of Democrats in Washington who have won seats in previously-impregnable Republican territory -- as well as in the once reliably red state of Ohio, which now has a Democratic governor and senator and went for Barack Obama in the presidential election. The president-elect's coattails may well have given her the boost she needed for a narrow win in a seat which last elected a Democrat in 1967, and one where she couldn't oust the then-Republican incumbent Deborah Pryce in 2006.
The OSU Lantern updated returning students on the election news that had transpired while they were off campus. Mary Jo Kilroy received overwhelming support from OSU students and the Lantern article noted it as well as Kilroy's appreciation for the work of so many OSU students:
...Mary Jo plans to work with President-elect Barack Obama to make sure college education is more affordable for the average student, Borntrager said.
"Students and faculty here at OSU should know that they have a representative who will put them first," he said.
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy's (OH-15) congressional website up and functioning at http://kilroy.house.gov/ .