Vice President Mark Kelly was sworn in by the Senate Mike Pence on Wednesday, giving Democrats a key choice in the state of Arizona – where President Donald Trump said the election was “falsified” and he and Kelly should not have achieved the results. certified.
Pence first swore to Kelly on the senate floor with another senator from the state, also Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who held the Bible for the occasion. Kelly congratulated some of her new colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, with elbows. The newest U.S. senator and vice president then took a solemn oath at the Old Senate Chamber in another part of the Capitol, where former astronaut Kelly joined his wife, Gabby Giffords, a former representative.
“Congratulations,” Pence told Kelly before taking the oath of office, adding, “It’s an honor for me.” He wore all three masks.
Kelly’s twin sister, Scott Kelly, who is also an astronaut, also attended the second ceremony. He thought it was “a little surreal” to see his brother take an oath.
While the remaining senators will take the oath only in early January, Kelly’s oath, which reduced the Senate Republican majority to 52-48, took place on Wednesday because he won a special election against Republican Senator Martha McSally and Arizona confirmed the results on Monday.
Two remaining Senate races, both in Georgia, will run on January 5th.
Trump, who lost Arizona by more than 10,000 votes, maintains that he actually won the state, unfoundedly claiming the vote was “cheated” and blew up Republican Governor Doug Ducey on Monday because he justified the results that paved the way for Kelly. Senate.
– Why hurry to put a Democrat in office? Trump tweeted.
Ducey later replied on Twitter that he justified the vote because he was legally required to do so and defended the state’s election process as very safe.
“I spoke quite openly about Arizona’s electoral system and boasted quite a bit about it, including in the Oval Office. And with good reason,” Ducey wrote.
Shortly after the oath, President-elect Joe Biden congratulated Kelly in a tweet, he said, “I know it will serve the people of Arizona well, and I look forward to working together to get the country back better.”
For the remaining two years of his term, Kelly will hold senior senator, Republican John McCain, who died in 2018. Before Kelly, Ducey appointed Sens. Jon Kylt, then McSally to fill the place temporarily.
Kelly’s victory, in January 1953, first revealed that two Democrats represented Arizona in the Senate.
Kelly, 56, started in the first public office competition as moderate, standing above the Washington brawl.
Kelly’s wife was a congressional woman representing Arizona when she survived in 2011 being shot in the head at a creative event. The couple founded the Giffords Foundation, which supports arms control laws across the country.
Giffords told reporters between two ceremonies for her husband that Wednesday was “a good day – a great day!”