Senator Donnelly officially sworn in

By: Newscenter Sixteen
By: Newscenter Sixteen

It's a historic day for the 113th Congress as a new class of Senators was sworn in.

For Indiana, that meant officially saying goodbye to its longest serving senator ever, Richard Lugar.

“I follow an extraordinary man in Senator Lugar and what we’re going to do is work hard every day to do what’s right for Indiana and right for the United States of America,” said U.S. Senator Joseph Donnelly, (D) Indiana.

Donnelly was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden, as Donnelly’s children, wife and other relatives looked on.

It’s an incredible honor to have the chance to do this on behalf of all the people of our state, I’m so humbled by the opportunity and by everyone back home giving me the chance,” said Senator Donnelly.
The senate convened at noon, the constitutionally mandated time for the pomp and politics to resume.

Vice President Joe Biden issued the oath to 33 senators, 12 of them newly elected in November.

Among the new class, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the first black senator since 1979, who was recently tapped to fill the remaining term for Sen. Jim Demint.

Another new face to the Senate, Republican Ted Cruz, a Cuban-American who beat out Texas' Lieutenant Governor is the first Latino to represent Texas in the Senate.

After a campaign season where women's issues took center stage, four states will be represented by two female senators.
Those two include Democrat Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts and the first openly gay senator, Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

Democrats will continue to control the Senate, but with a slightly larger 55-45 majority than the 112th, with two independents joining the upper chamber.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Joe Donnelly’s old seat was occupied by Republican Jackie Walorski. Walorski is one of 80 women serving in that chamber this year, which represents a record high.

Rep. Walorski will serve on the Armed Services Committee, along with the Budget Committee, and the Committee on Veteran’s Affairs.

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