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January 03, 2018 11:12 AM

Two New Democrats Sworn In As Senators

Washington, D.C.

Vice President Mike Pence has sworn into office the two newest members of the Senate, Democrats Doug Jones of Alabama and Tina Smith of Minnesota.

Jones is the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in a quarter-century. His victory over Roy Moore in the deeply conservative state has narrowed the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49.

Jones is filling a vacancy that arose from the resignation of Jeff Sessions to serve as the nation's attorney general.

Smith is the former lieutenant governor of Minnesota, appointed by the state's governor to replace Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual misconduct.

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