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Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

The Alabama State Canvassing Board on Thursday certified the results of the 2017 U.S. Senate special election, officially tapping Doug Jones as the state's next senator.

Former Vice President Joe Biden accompanied Jones, who won a December special election to fill the seat vacated almost a year ago by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The arrival of Smith and Jones on Capitol Hill highlighted the extent to which the #MeToo movement has swept over Washington. With that narrow majority, Republicans can lose no more than one GOP vote and still confirm President Donald Trump's nominees on party-line votes.

Later, Jones attended a welcome reception in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building, where potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Sens.

But on most key issues, like health care, gay rights and gun control, Jones' views are in line with those of many other Democrats.

Bishop-Berry comes to the team with Senate experience, having worked on the staff of Alabama's last Democratic senator, Howell Heflin. Smith is replacing former Minnesota Sen.

Biden campaigned for Jones in Alabama a year ago, and soon after Jones' historic win, the Senator-elect sent out an email raising money for Biden's political action committee. He is one of only two Democrats in Alabama's congressional delegation.

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Biden will speak afterward to a gathering of Jones' friends and family, a person familiar with his plans said. Tina Smith, who was appointed to replace Al Franken following his resignation over accusations of sexual misconduct will be sworn in on January 3, 2018. Biden also recorded a robocall for Jones in the closing days of the race.

Kaine drew a comparison between Jones's campaign and Democrat Ralph Northam's winning run for governor in Virginia.

With Jones' election, Republicans now have a slimmer advantage in the Senate, 51-49.

Jones is the first Democrat in decades to win a Senate race in Alabama, a state that reliably votes Republican.

For two months, more than 160 HRC volunteers and 11 HRC staff worked to reach the almost 200,000 "Equality Voters" across Alabama - a voting bloc comprised of not only the 60,000 LGBTQ voters in the state, but also the thousands of additional allies HRC has identified statewide.

Doug Jones defeated his Republican opponent Roy Moore in Alabama's special election on December 12.

Jones kept that Alabama focus when hiring his senior staff.


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