Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Doug Jones is sworn in as US Senator

Doug Jones is sworn in as US Senator

The Alabama State Canvassing Board on Thursday certified the results of the 2017 U.S. Senate special election, officially tapping Doug Jones as the state's next senator.

Jones, the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in a quarter century, was escorted to the Senate chamber by former Vice President Joseph Biden, who had headlined Jones' campaign kickoff rally. With that narrow majority, Republicans can lose no more than one GOP vote and still confirm President Donald Trump's nominees on party-line votes.

During the Alabama Senate race, the wife of now-defeated Republican candidate Roy Moore cited a Jewish lawyer employed by the couple while defending her husband from accusations of bigotry.

Even before it was clear what committees Jones would serve on, the Alabama Democrat was already playing an outsize role.

Vice President Mike Pence swore in the new senator as per tradition. Campbell formerly served as policy director for the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democrats.

"I don't think that's an expense taxpayers should have to incur", Jones said last month. Tina Smith, who was appointed to replace Al Franken following his resignation over accusations of sexual misconduct will be sworn in on January 3, 2018. He also both contributed and fundraised for Jones' campaign.

While Jones is the sole Democratic senator with a Black chief of staff, he isn't totally alone. She has said she plans to keep her senate seat, but Democrats have vowed to fight that.

A handful of other moderate Democrats from red states - like Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Claire McCaskill of Missouri - could be likely allies of Jones.

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

Kayla Moore, Roy Moore's wife, caught the political world off-guard the night before the December 12 special election to replace Jeff Sessions as senator when she referenced Jaffe in a campaign speech.

When Jones takes office, he will reduce the already slim Republican majority.

The oath allows Jones to partake in Senate business. "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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