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Democrat Mark Kelly swears to Senate and trims Republican leader in conference room: NPR

Democrat Mark Kelly swore to the US Senate Wednesday afternoon.

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Democrat Mark Kelly swore to the US Senate Wednesday afternoon.

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Former astronaut Mark Kelly was sworn in as a new US Senator from Arizona on Wednesday after flipping through the Democratic Senate last month.

Vice President Mike Pence held the ceremony, as is customary in his role as President of the Senate.

Kelly’s Republican Martha Maxary’s defeat in the November special election was one of the hottest election day races as Democrats tried to make the state even bluer for years.

Kelly was able to take the oath of office in December, in contrast to other senators who took office in January. Kelly’s freshman term ending in 2022 will fill the remaining term of Late Sen. John McCain died of a brain tumor in 2018.

Kelly has taken a Senate oath with his wife, Gabby Giffords, a firearms security advocate and former Democratic member of Arizona. Gifford worked at House until he resigned the following year due to an attempted assassination in 2011.

Bringing Senate experience in both the military and NASA, Kelly cuts the Republican Senate majority to 52-48.

Democrat Mark Kelly swears to Senate and trims Republican leader in conference room: NPR

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