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2005 ELECTIONS

Matsui Wins Late Husband's Seat

March 10, 2005|From Associated Press

Sounding themes familiar from her late husband's 14 campaigns, Doris Matsui handily won a special election to fill his term and will become the newest member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

With her win in a 12-candidate field, Matsui, a lobbyist and former Clinton White House official, completed what her television ads called a "uniquely Sacramento story." She succeeds her husband, the late Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Matsui, 63, who died Jan. 1 of complications from a rare bone marrow disease. He was reelected in November.

"It feels bittersweet, but my heart is full of hope and promise," said Matsui, 60, a Democrat, who will represent the Sacramento area's 5th Congressional District.

Matsui collected 69% of the vote in Tuesday's election.

She is expected to be sworn in today.

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