Two new Senate Democrats sworn in

Moderate Democrats Get a Boost as Doug Jones Joins the Senate

Moderate Democrats Get a Boost as Doug Jones Joins the Senate

Alabama's Doug Jones took the oath of office in Washington Wednesday, becoming the state's first Democratic U.S. Senator in over 20 years.

After Doug Jones won his Senate seat over his Republican rival Roy Moore thanks to black voters, much was written about what Jones and his fellow Democrats should do to show black voters that the Democratic Party actually cares about them. Doug Jones, D-Ala., at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

Roby publicly broke with Trump prior to the 2016 election after audio emerged of the then-GOP presidential nominee bragging about groping women. "(Chuck) Schumer asks?" the aide said, referring to the Senate Democratic leader from NY and previewing a likely constant attack line against Jones.

Prior to Jones's swearing in Sewell was the lone Democrat in Alabama's congressional delegation. Former Vice President Walter Mondale - himself a former Minnesota senator - stood next to Tina Smith.

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.

The groups have urged Republicans and Democrats to make it a priority this Congress.

"I don't think that's an expense taxpayers should have to incur", Jones said last month. Al Franken (D-MN), who left under a cloud over sexual misconduct allegations.

- Alabama, and many other states, refused to give the commission the data they wanted.

Conservative media seem confident in projecting that Jones will be one of those "moderate Democratic" swing voters in the Senate.

Jones also announced three other senior staff hires. Jay Rockefeller (Democrat of West Virginia), will be legislative director. Both Strange and Franken served on the panel, meaning that if Jones and Smith simply replaced them, committee membership would be tied.

Moore had filed a last-minute lawsuit contesting the results of the election by claiming election fraud in an effort to stop the state from making his defeat official. "The lack of diversity among top Senate staff is not caused by a complete absence of strong candidates of color". "It is my honest hope that we can do so in a renewed spirit of comity, collegiality, and bipartisanship", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said as he kicked off the second session of the 115th Congress.

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