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Former Ohio Lawmaker Sworn in

September 10, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former Ohio Rep. Tony Hall was sworn in Tuesday as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations’ food and agriculture agencies.

Hall, 60, resigned Monday from Congress, where he served 12 terms representing southwest Ohio. His departure from Congress leaves Ohio with two vacant Democratic seats for the rest of the year. Rep. James Traficant’s office has been vacant since July 24, when he was expelled from Congress. He is serving an eight-year prison sentence for bribery, racketeering and tax evasion.

Ohio Gov. Bob Taft has opted against calling a special election for the two vacant seats. Instead, the offices will be supervised by the Clerk of the House, Jeff Trandahl, until successors take over in January 2003.

Hall, who helped found the Congressional Hunger Center and served as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Hunger, will start his Rome-based job at the U.N. after a formal swearing-in ceremony with Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sept. 26.

Tuesday’s swearing-in was done by a protocol officer at the State Department and was closed to the public. It also included the swearing in of a former legislative aide to Hall who will become Hall’s new special assistant.

Hall replaces former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, who left the post in October.

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