11/15/2006 05:23 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Meet the Dems

If there's any doubt change is in the wings...You should have been with me yesterday morning.

When I had the great honor of speaking to the 53 newly-elected Members of the House of Representatives.

And there, in one room, were all the good people we've been rooting for:

From Florida, Tim Mahoney - who replaces Mark Foley.

From Pennsylvania, Joe Sestak - who trounced Curt Weldon.

From Ohio, Zack Space - who takes the place of Bob Ney.

From Texas, Nick Lampson - who fills Tom Delay's old seat.

From Minnesota, Keith Ellison - the first Muslim ever elected to Congress.

From North Carolina, former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler - now a big political star.

And many, many more.

It was like one big party, and I was proud to be part of it.

Looking out over that audience reminded me that politics is important - and that campaigns do, indeed, make a difference.

All that hard work - all those phone calls, knocking on doors, talking to friends and neighbors - does pay off.

On November 7, Americans voted for change.

And, after seeing the enthusiasm and energy of those new members of Congress, I know - we're going to get it!