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New US Democratic Senators Jones and Smith Sworn In

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) and her husband Archie Smith participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Mike Pence at the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. Jeff Sessions, a Republican whom President Trump tapped as his attorney general past year, and is the first Democrat to fill the seat since 1992.

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson in a statement to NBC commended Jones' hiring of Gresham but added that "this lack of diversity highlights the failure of our nation's highest legislative body to embrace in a true way the principles of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity".

Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota was sworn into office at noon following Al Franken's resignation amid allegations that he touched women inappropriately. The president of the Minnesota Senate has become lieutenant governor by operation of law.

Smith will serve through November and said she plans to run for re-election to finish the final two years of Franken's term, the AP reported. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former Vice President Walter Mondale, also an ex-senator. He formally surrendered the seat on Tuesday - the same day Smith stepped down as lieutenant governor of Minnesota. That led to her becoming involved in local politics, and eventually she served as the vice president of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Jones said he is hopeful that he comes to the Senate with a "little bit of a voice" because of the attention on the Alabama race. That experience was invoked by Jones in campaign ads and may have helped him win record support from black voters, especially African-American women, en route to his upset of Moore in the deeply conservative state. He is the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in a quarter century.

While serving in the Senate, Smith says she plans to ramp up a campaign for a special election to fill the remainder of Franken's term this November. The Collective PAC, a group that advocates for black candidates, also endorsed Jones. Looking forward to working with them to move Alabama forward!

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