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  Hawaii Republican makes iPad history
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Last EditedScottĀ³  Jun 30, 2010 04:17pm
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AuthorMartina Stewart
News DateWednesday, June 30, 2010 10:15:00 PM UTC0:0
Description"Recently elected Republican Rep. Charles Djou made history Wednesday.

"The House Parliamentarian told me that I'm the first Member of Congress to ever use an iPad during a floor speech," Djou tweeted around noon Eastern time.

In late May, Djou won a special election to fill the seat in Hawaii's First Congressional District once held by Democrat Neil Abercrombie.

In a phone interview with CNN, Djou said his long commute home to Hawaii and the fact that he is new to Congress led him to purchase an iPad.

"I never touched the device until a month ago when I became a member of Congress," the Republican said.

Djou explained that the new tablet device allows him to make the most of his 12-hour, one-way commute to Hawaii.

"I'm a new member with a lot to get up to speed on," he said. Djou added that the number of briefing books and policy papers lawmakers typically have to read can be demanding and, in his situation, even more so because he is in the process of mastering material that his colleagues have had months or even years to become acquainted with. "It's a lot and it's a lot to carry around," he explained.

But with the iPad, his 12-hour commute home becomes "a great opportunity to be productive," the Republican said."
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