Cory Booker sworn in as newest US Senator
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rising star in the Democratic party was sworn in as a Democratic senator from New Jersey on Thursday, taking the oath of office, exchanging hugs with Vice President Joe Biden and acknowledging the applause of friends and family members.
Former Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker became the second African American in the Senate, alongside Republican Tim Scott.
His oath-taking gave Democrats control of 55 Senate seats, counting two held by independents. Republicans hold 45.
Booker, 44, was elected to fill out the term of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died earlier this year.
His first day in office was a busy one.
Minutes after being sworn in, he participated in his first roll call vote, supporting an attempt by Democrats to advance the nomination an Obama administration nominee to head a government agency.
Booker also was to meet later with President Barack Obama at the White House.