Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker sworn in as U.S. senator

Thomas Ferraro
Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats welcomed a new colleague to the Senate on Thursday, newly elected Cory Booker, and the additional vote Booker gives them in the Senate.

Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to Booker, 44, elected this month as the first black senator from New Jersey. He resigned this week as mayor of Newark, the state's largest city.

A Rhodes scholar and Yale Law School graduate who is widely seen as a rising political star, Booker fills the Senate seat vacated by the death in June of fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg, who was 89.

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