USA senator-elect Doug Jones owes a great deal of gratitude to a group of Alabama organizers who played a critical role in securing the black vote for him in the special election earlier this month. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) was also sworn in Wednesday to replace former senator Al Franken; she was joined by former vice president Walter Mondale.
The failed Republican candidate asked a judge to issue a restraining order to stop the state's canvassing board from certifying Democrat Doug Jones.
"There could not be a more passionate supporter of Doug than me!" He will be under pressure to find some areas of agreement with Republicans and has cited the funding of infrastructure improvements as one possible avenue. "I will work every day to make sure I hear their voices and that their voices are heard in Washington". The seat was formerly held by Republican Jeff Sessions, now President Donald Trump's attorney general. Howell Heflin. Jones worked for Heflin as a staffer after graduating from law school in 1979.
God, however, has repeatedly expressed his distaste for alleged child molestation, and will presumably be watching as Doug Jones is sworn into the U.S. Senate on January 3.
Jones later said that it "feels great" to be a Senator and that he was "very honored, humbled to be here". "I know that colleagues on both sides of the aisle share this hope".
In one of his first moves, Jones named his leadership team Tuesday - all of them Alabama natives.
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Like he did during his campaign, Jones is expected to keep his focus on issues affecting his state rather than becoming mired in national political debates.
Biden will speak afterward to a gathering of Jones' friends and family, a person familiar with his plans said.
Pence said he looked forward to working with Smith in the senate.
Today, baseless assertions of fraud, given a veneer of legitimacy by the likes of Kris Kobach's federal voter-fraud commission, take us back to that ugly and violent history. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "I think that was a message of the Alabama election, among other things".
As for how either new Democrat could tip the balance on the key panel if they do get added: Smith is a renewable energy advocate, pressing as Minnesota's lieutenant governor to raise the state's renewable energy standard for electricity generation to 50 percent by 2030.