Doug Jones sworn in as Alabama Senator

Doug Jones sworn in as Alabama Senator

HRC - which opened offices in Alabama in 2014 and first launched its #NoMoore campaign against Roy Moore in 2016 - engaged in a public education campaign about Roy Moore's record during the Republican primary and endorsed Senator Jones in Alabama's hotly-contested special election. Doug Jones, D-Ala., second from left, with his wife Louise Jones, second from right, Wednesday, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Will Jones toe a conservative line, and even side with President Donald Trump at times? "(Chuck) Schumer asks?" the aide said, referring to the Senate Democratic leader from NY and previewing a likely constant attack line against Jones.

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. The other is Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who was appointed to replace Al Franken following the Democrat's resignation over accusations of sexual misconduct.

Vice President Mike Pence swore in the new senator as per tradition.

The groups have urged Republicans and Democrats to make it a priority this Congress.

Jones, meanwhile, has said it's time to move on.

"There could not be a more passionate supporter of Doug than me!"

"The president also believes in a safer and stronger America, but he can't do it on his own", said Hobson, surrounded by family members and some veterans of Moore's campaign, where Hobson served as manager.

Jones's victory further narrows Republican control in the Senate to a slim majority of 51-49.

After his election to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat, Jones promised to hire a diverse staff that "reflected the diversity of Alabama" when he went into the Senate.

Kaine drew a comparison between Jones's campaign and Democrat Ralph Northam's winning run for governor in Virginia.

Jones last month narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election contest. "It is my honest hope that we can do so in a renewed spirit of comity, collegiality, and bipartisanship", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said as he kicked off the second session of the 115th Congress.

The news that Jones would tap Gresham was quickly celebrated by some of the activists who'd called for Senate staff diversity.

On most of the pressing issues the Senate faces this year, however, Jones has been critical of the Republican majority.

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