NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Cory Booker, who became a rising star in the Democratic Party as mayor of Newark, N.J., is the nation’s newest senator.
Booker, 44, was sworn in as a U.S. senator at noon Thursday. Vice President Joe Biden conducted the ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) held the bible on which Booker took his oath.
The Democrat was surrounded by family, including his mother and brother. His father died Oct. 10.
The former mayor becomes the second African-American in the Senate. The other is Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina.
“Let’s not forget; my state now has a Latino and a black representing it. I mean, that’s kind of incredible. So New Jersey is a special kind of place,” Sen. Booker said following his swearing in.
Menendez offered his new colleague some advice.
“When your passion calls you on something, use that eloquent voice of yours to try to promote those views,” New Jersey’s senior senator said.