Buhrmaster, who is serving his second term as a Schenectady County legislator, owns a small business in Schenectady. He beat Steven Vazquez in the primaries.
"I am so happy for Paul and this whole district. He can work across party lines because of his personality," said Terri Tuers, a Tonko supporter. "It's great to see a scientist in the halls of Congress."
Michael McNulty was standing by to offer his congratulations to Tonko.
"What a great thrill it has been to watch him. We couldn't have a better representative than Paul Tonko," said McNulty.
"I could not be more proud when I become a private citizen on Jan. 3," said McNulty.
Tonko's energy expertise was called upon in 2005 when he was asked by the U.S. Congress to testify before the subcommittee on Domestic Policy regarding the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Tonko's accomplishments include the College Tuition Savings Program, as well as Timothy's Law.
"Paul has been a really dedicated community servant for over 20 years," said Susan Savage, Democratic chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature. "We're so lucky to have him serving us in Congress. Paul is a perfect representative for the people of this district."
Tonko will be sworn in Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.""