Vice President Joe Biden moments ago at the United States Capitol swore Cory Booker into office as the junior senator from New Jersey.
Booker earlier this month defeated Steve Lonegan for a vacant seat created by the death of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
Booker walked into the chamber with his colleague, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who held the Bible.
He took the oath and received Biden’s congratulations.
Howls of celebration filled the Senate chamber.
Booker cast his first vote to cheers – an aye procedural vote on Rep. Watt’s (D-NC) nomination for the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
“He was a city councilman and mayor for more than a decade,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said of the former Newark mayor. “He kept in touch with them like no other mayor I’ve ever met. Part of his job was to highlight difficulties of working poor families. He’s done that and done it very well. …We are very fortunate to have this good man in our legislature.”