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Steve Southerland Reflects On Re-Election

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After a hard fought race between Steve Southerland and Al Lawson for the district two congressional seat, it was congressman Southerland coming out on top. He was just one of many incumbents who retained their seat in the House of Representatives.

Southerland thanked a very enthusiastic crowd at his victory party Tuesday night.

"I long to be a servant leader, the purest form of leadership," Southerland told the crowd gathered at the Edgewater Beach Resort. "It's not about me, it's about you."

Republican candidate Southerland topped his Democratic opponent Lawson in fierce race for the District 2 congressional seat. Attacks were thrown from both sides in the final days leading up to the election. Now Southerland is on to a second term, and back into a Washington D.C. that may once again be divided.

After Tuesday's general election, it's pretty much the status quo in Washington DC. President Barack Obama was re-elected. In addition, the Democrats in the Senate retained control, and the Republicans once again took the House of Representatives. So the question is, can all sides work together?

Southerland says he plans on doing just that.

"I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Republican side, as well as the Democratic side, to get our house in order," Southerland said.

With many seeing a financial crisis looming on the horizon, he says we have to address our children's future.

"Our children deserve security and a brighter future, and you can't have that without a controlled spending," Southerland said. "It's impossible."

Closer to home, Southerland says he hopes that the president honors the 'Restore Act,' an initiative he's close to, and one that would direct BP fines to areas affected by the oil spill.

The five gulf coast states will have the resources to restore both their economy as well as the environment.

Excited supporters were hopeful for the congressman's next term in DC.

"[In] the Panhandle, sometimes we get left out," one supporter said. "I think he's done a great job supporting the Panhandle, and giving us the representation we need."

The congressman is expected to head back to DC next Tuesday.