Mark Kelly was sworn in as an Arizona Democratic senator

Washington – Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly was sworn in on Senator Wednesday, which first appeared after more than 67 years when the state has two Democrat members in the upper house.

Kelly, the husband of a former astronaut, a former congressional woman and an arms control activist Gabby Giffords, defeated incumbent Republican Senator Martha McSally in a special election last month. McSally was appointed to his post, once filled by the late Senator John McCain, after losing in 2018 to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. McCain’s remaining time, until 2022, is affected.

Giffords watched Kelly’s oath from the Senate Chamber family gallery, administered by Vice President Mike Pence.

Senator Mark Kelly will take an oath as Vice President Mike Pence, while Senator Kyrsten Sinema will hold the Bible on the Senate floor on December 2, 2020.

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Arizona, once a longtime Republican citadel, elected Kelly to the Senate and elected President Joe Biden this year. Most recently, there were two Democrats in Arizona in the Senate in January 1953, after Ernest McFarland, then Senate Majority Leader, lost his re-election in 1952 against Conservative troop Barry Goldwater.

Although he died in 2018, McCain’s presence emerged at this year’s presidential and senate races. McCain was a fierce critic of President Trump, and even after Mr. Trump’s death, he often despised the late senator. McCain’s widow, Cindy McCain, approved the president of Mr. Biden. Biden and McCain had a close relationship with each other because of their decades in the Senate. The Arizona senator died of the same brain cancer as Mr. Biden’s son, Beau Biden.

Kelly tweeted a picture saluting at McCain’s grave Tuesday at Giffords and McFain’s grave.

“This morning, my family paid our respects to Senator John McCain as I prepare to take the oath tomorrow. Senator McCain is a young pilot since I was a hero. He left a legacy of service in Arizona and a country that can’t but we must all strive for it,” Kelly said. wrote.

Kelly was one of two Democrats who elected Republican seats in the Senate this year, along with elected senator John Hickenlooper of Colorado, who defeated incumbent Senator Cory Gardner. Under his oath, the Republican majority in the Senate will be reduced to 52-48 seats.

When the next Senate meets in January, a thin majority of Republicans will be 50-48. Two special choices in Georgia it then determines whether it is maintained by Republicans or whether Democrats gain a razor-thin majority of 50-50. Kamala Harris, elected vice president, interrupts any tie.