Alabama's Sen.-elect Doug Jones picks African-American chief of staff

Moderate Democrats Get a Boost as Doug Jones Joins the Senate

The vice president can also preside over the Senate on ceremonial occasions, as Pence did to gavel in the vote after Republicans passed their final tax reform bill in December.

Walter Mondale, who was vice president during the Carter administration, was also there as Smith took the oath. Al Franken (D-MN), who left under a cloud over sexual misconduct allegations.

Roby publicly broke with Trump prior to the 2016 election after audio emerged of the then-GOP presidential nominee bragging about groping women.

Senate Republican aides privately conceded that Jones's vote will make it almost impossible to take another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act and may quiet talk of a push for a major entitlement overhaul this year.

Bishop-Berry comes to the team with Senate experience, having worked on the staff of Alabama's last Democratic senator, Howell Heflin.

Rich Hobson announced yesterday that he is running as a Republican for the 2nd District congressional seat now held by U.S. Representative Martha Roby.

More than a dozen Democrats were in the chamber to welcome Jones. He is even in favor of abortion rights, a delicate reality for a politician from Alabama.

He previously served as Legislative Director to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia. They are all facing re-election in states Trump won and have learned to navigate the unusual political dynamics presented by the President.

Jones's victory further narrows Republican control in the Senate to a slim majority of 51-49.

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"The fact that he's been here for a long time". "I think what they're going to try and do is make some modifications, and they may have some help from Democrats".

Marge Baker, a top official at the progressive organization People for the America Way, agreed.

And Jones has earned high marks from environmental groups, such as the League of Conservation Voters, because of his support for renewable investment and his opposition to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. "He ran as a pro-choice, pro-Obamacare, common-sense leader", she said.

Le'Darius Hilliard, Chairman of the Jefferson County Millennial Democrats, believes Jones' move to hire Gresham shows that the Senator is actually listening to voters.

Despite that last-minute appeal, Moore lost a close election to Democrat Doug Jones the following night.

"The question is, will he vote in line with the conservative state he represents or as Sen".

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.

However, veteran GOP Sen.

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