(WASHINGTON) — Democrats will pick up another vote in the Senate on Thursday, when Cory Booker is sworn in as the country’s newest Democratic senator.
Vice President Joe Biden will swear in the Newark, N.J. mayor at midday.
Booker, 44, replaces New Jersey’s former state attorney general, Jeffrey Chiesa, who Gov. Chris Christie appointed to fill Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat when the Democrat passed away in June.
Booker won the Senate seat during a special election last month in which he defeated Republican Steve Lonegan, a tea party conservative and former mayor of Bogota, N.J.
After Thursday’s ceremony, the Senate will have two black members serving at the same time for only the second time in American history. The other is former Republican Congressman Tim Scott of South Carolina.
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