Congresswoman-elect Stephanie Bice said she'll focus on bipartisan initiatives, starting with jobs and the economy.
After a closely-watched race, Bice defeated Democratic incumbent, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, in Tuesday’s general election
“I am thrilled. You know, it's been a long 18 months of running this campaign and it all came down to tonight,” Bice said Tuesday.
Bice thanked her family and the voters during her speech and promised to work for those who voted her as well as those who didn't.
“There's ways to work across the aisle and find compromise and that's what I'll do in Washington. I've done it in Oklahoma on a variety of issues and I'll continue to do that,” Bice said.
Bice differed from Horn on some key issues including healthcare, handling of the pandemic and impeachment of the president.
Horn said her work is not done. The representative told News 9 she'll continue to work to pass the relief package and hints at future opportunities for public service.
“While tonight's result aren't what we want them to be, we have to remember that the fight is not over,” Horn said during her concession speech late Tuesday.
Bice said her next step will be working on jobs and the economy.
But for now, she’s celebrating the first day following a closely watched, expensive and successful campaign.
“This is the number one takeback opportunity in the country for Republicans. So, there was a lot of focus and I think most Oklahomans probably didn't realize what that meant, and the commercials and the mail pieces reflected the fact that it was a hotly contested race,” Bice said.