Senate swears in Democrats from Alabama, Minnesota

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And Jones has earned high marks from environmental groups, such as the League of Conservation Voters, because of his support for renewable investment and his opposition to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.

Jones will have the opportunity to weigh in on some contentious issues, as the Senate must take up the issue of funding the government before January 19th and decide the fate of "dreamers", the children of undocumented immigrants. Biden also recorded a robocall for Jones in the closing days of the race.

Smith was Minnesota's lieutenant governor, a job that now passes to Republican State Senator Michelle Fischbach.

While Jones is the sole Democratic senator with a Black chief of staff, he isn't totally alone.

In an announcement on the State Capitol steps, Hobson, 56, outlined a platform very similar to the former Alabama chief justice's Senate campaign a year ago, with an emphasis on military spending, opposition to abortion and LGBT rights and loyalty to President Donald Trump and his agenda, particularly on immigration.

Jones took his oath of office alongside former vice president Joe Biden, a longtime friend who had urged him to run past year.

Time will tell exactly how Jones will balance representing a ruby-red state while maintaining Democratic values, including his pro-abortion rights stance.

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"I'm going to consider anything", said Jones, explaining that he doesn't plan on labeling himself a progressive or a conservative Democrat but a "Doug Jones Democrat".

But when he walks down the Senate aisle before the ceremony, he'll reportedly be bucking a Senate tradition in favor of an escort from a very special guest.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was seen speaking with Jones just after the swearing-in, welcomed the newcomers in a brief floor speech, and said he hoped the chamber could address issues in a renewed spirit of bipartisanship. He is a graduate of Maryville College and received his JD from the University of Alabama School of Law and a Tax LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. Jay Rockefeller (Democrat of West Virginia), will be legislative director. Since Senator Rockefeller's retirement in 2014, Libell has been Assistant Congressional Liaison at the Federal Reserve Board. Both Gresham and Bishop-Berry are black.

Ann Berry, a deputy chief of staff to Sen.

A Birmingham native, Gresham has over fourteen years of Capitol Hill experience. She graduated from the University of Alabama and earned a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University. His deputy, Katie Campbell, was policy director for the House Blue Dogs.

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