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John Walsh Sworn In As Montana Senator, Replacing Max Baucus

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Lt. Gov. John Walsh defending himself in Helena, Mont., on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, against reports that he was reprimanded by the U.S. Army in 2010 for using his position as Montana adjutant general to solicit National Guard memberships to a private organization. Walsh, who is running for U.S. Senate, released more than 400 pages of his military records, saying they show the kind of leader that he is. (AP Photo/Matt Volz) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Walsh has been sworn in as the new senator from Montana.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath in the Senate chamber on Tuesday. Walsh replaces Max Baucus, the former Democratic senator tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. ambassador to China.

The Senate confirmed Baucus' nomination last week. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Walsh, the state's lieutenant governor, to replace Baucus.

Walsh had announced his candidacy for the seat after Baucus said last year that he would retire after six terms. Walsh is likely to face Republican Rep. Steve Daines in the contest for the open seat.

Walsh spent 33 years in the Montana National Guard, and he commanded more than 700 troops in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.

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