A new Congress has been sworn in, and members face a host of challenges from mending a fractured economy to immigration reform.

One member of the freshmen class of congressmen is Luke Messer, who represents Indiana's 6th District, which includes Jefferson and Switzerland counties.

Messer, a Republican, said after his swearing-in ceremony: "I am honored to serve the people of Indiana's 6th Congressional District. There is a lot of work to be done in the coming weeks and months to get our country back on the right track, but with resolve I am certain we can get this done," he said.

"We must create a better environment for job creators and get our fiscal house in order," he continued.  "We should start by reigning in the out-of-control spending and addressing the growing debt that will cripple future generations of Americans."

Few disagree with Messer's observations; it's how Congress goes about executing those changes that evoke concern.

We hope the new members bring with them a willingness to compromise and act in a civil manner - two attributes we haven't seen much of the last four years.

Messer will have something to do with the demeanor in the House. He was elected president of the freshman class of representatives by his peers. He also serves on the House Committees on Budget, Foreign Affairs, and Education & the Workforce. That's a pretty heavy load for a freshman.

Embattled House Speaker John Boehner implored the freshman class to act, saying, "We have to be willing - truly willing - to make this right."

Boehner has used up quite a bit of his political capital, to the point that his return as House Speaker wasn't a done deal until the vote took place Thursday.

We hope to see new leaders emerge who will take us beyond the Reid-McConnell-Boehner-Pelosi bickering.

Let's hope Messer and the other newcomers behave in a manner that should be demanded of our elected leaders.