The new and re-elected members of the U.S. House and Senate in the 113th Cognress are being sworn in right now in the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
There are 14 new Senators – Nine Democrats, four Republicans and one Independent (Angus King of Maine). Four women are the first from their states to ever be elected to the Senate. Senators Tom Carper of Delaware and Ben Cardin of Maryland were both sworn in to begin their new terms. This is Carper's third term in the Senate, and Cardin's second. Vice President Joe Biden, as President of the Senate, administered the Oath of Office.
In the House, there are 84 new Representatives - 35 Republicans and 49 Democrats. There are 2 open seats that will be filled through special elections – Tim Scott’s seat in South Carolina, and Jesse Jackson, Jr's. in Illinois. Both John Carney of Delaware and Andy Harris of Maryland were each sworn in to start their second terms in the House. John Boehner was re-elected as Speaker of the House with 220 votes, and Nancy Pelosi was re-elected as House Minority Leader with 192.
There are a record number of women who will be in the House, and for the first time, the Democrats will have more women and minorities than white men.
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