After a contentious political season rife with issues ranging from sexual misconduct allegations and bitter partisan sparring, Democrats Doug Jones was sworn in Wednesday as the next senator from Alabama.
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Vice President Mike Pence swore in the new senator as per tradition.
Notably, there were three vice presidents on Capitol Hill at the same time – Jones bucked tradition in choosing former Vice President Joe Biden to escort him for the occasion. Typically a senator chooses their home state colleague as their escort.
Jones took the oath of office on a family Bible.
Jones is now the 49th Democratic member of the Senate, tightening the Republicans’ majority to 51-49.
Jones is the first Democrat in 25 years to win a Senate seat in Alabama when he defeated Republican Roy Moore in the December 12 special election to fill the seat vacated nearly a year ago by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Though Alabama election officials certified the race results last week, Moore has not conceded and has vowed to challenge the tally.