WASHINGTON — The Senate has two new Democratic lawmakers – one from West Virginia, the other from Delaware.
Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath on Monday to Joe Manchin, who has served since 2005 as governor of West Virginia, and Chris Coons, the Delaware county executive elected to fill the seat long held by Biden.
The ceremony occurred in the Senate chamber.
Manchin takes the seat of the late Robert Byrd, the longest-serving senator who died in June. In the interim, Carte Goodwin, a Manchin appointee, had served as senator.
Coons replaces Biden's former chief of staff, Ted Kaufman, who was appointed to the seat after the 2008 presidential election with the understanding he would not run in 2010.