WASHINGTON -- Four new U.S. senators have taken the oath of office since the start of the 113th
More than two dozen fellow Democrats were on hand to welcome Booker to their ranks, along with only three
"I trust that serving in the United States Senate will be among the most rewarding experiences of his life, and he's had many of them," Reid said. "I feel so elated that he's going to be here."
Booker won a special election earlier this month to serve out the unexpired term of Democrat
Shortly after taking the oath, Booker found himself thrown into one of the most parochial of Senate battles, involving a decades-old rule that gives the minority party the ability to block Senate action on a matter even if it has majority support.
When New Jersey Gov.
With Booker’s arrival, Reid immediately called for votes on two of the more controversial pending presidential nominations: Rep.
Republicans have opposed Watt, saying
Despite his star power, Booker was largely silent as he walked the halls of the Capitol on his first day. He is expected to follow in the lead of other high-profile newcomers, such as
Booker did post some messages on Twitter just before taking the oath, however, saying he was "prepping 4 the work ahead, listening to my mother & new Chief of Staff."
In another rarity for a new lawmaker, Booker will later travel to the