Alabama Democrat Sen. Doug Jones was sworn in to the United States Senate Wednesday, narrowing the Republican majority 51-49 in the upper chamber.
Democrats across the country celebrated the momentous occasion.
Here’s what they had to say:
Rep. Terri Sewell | Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep:
Sen. Doug Jones’ swearing in today was a historic landmark for Alabama voters. I am thrilled to have a new partner in the Senate who is ready to tackle the challenges facing our state. As a former U.S. attorney, Sen. Jones brings to Congress his experience fighting for the most vulnerable among us. On issues ranging from healthcare to job creation to tax reform, I am confident that Sen. Jones will put the people of Alabama first.
Eric Holder | Former Attorney General:
“It will be challenging, but the issues really aren’t partisan in nature,” Holder said of what Jones will face in the Senate. “These are things America has got to deal with.’’
Adam Green | Co-founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee:
Today is a big day for Doug Jones and Democrats. Doug Jones won in Alabama by campaigning on kitchen table issues and taking outwardly progressive positions on everything from opposing Republican tax cuts for the rich to being pro-choice to fighting the KKK. Democrats are one seat closer to taking back the Senate — and if we can win in Alabama, an inspiring candidate like Beto O’Rourke can defeat Ted Cruz in Texas.
Sen. Chuck Schumer | Senate Minority Leader:
Very excited to welcome two new members of the Senate who will be joining the Democratic caucus: U.S. Senator Tina Smith from Minnesota and Senator Doug Jones from Alabama. With them, we Democrats hope that 2018 is different – focused on the middle class rather than the rich and powerful. And in these first few weeks, we have a chance to start off on the right foot.
Congratulations to Doug Jones, Alabama’s official new U.S. Senator! One more giant for justice in Congress — here’s to electing many, many more in November.
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