Washington, 21 January 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Vice President Kamala Harris has sworn in three Democratic senators who will change the balance of power in the upper chamber of Congress.
Harris swore in Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the first Jewish Senator and the first Black Senator representing the state of Georgia.
Ossoff and Warnock beat their Republican opponents by slim margins in run-off elections on January 5 in a state that usually votes Republican.
Harris also swore in the man chosen to fill her Senate seat, vacant now that she has been sworn in as vice president. Alex Padilla, California’s former Secretary of State, will be the state’s first Latino Senator.
The Democrats will now control the Senate for the first time since they lost control of the chamber in 2014, albeit by the smallest margin possible. The Senate is now split 50-50 between Republican and Democrats, and Harris, a Democrat, can break any ties.