New Sen. Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampMcCain having 'conversations' with Dems on Gorsuch nomination Dem leaders give centrists space on Gorsuch Senate Dems to Trump: Work with us on ObamaCare MORE (D-N.D.) tweeted a photo of her first steps into her new Senate office. Sen. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeFlake teases report with plea to protect alpacas from 'tax code abuse' McCain having 'conversations' with Dems on Gorsuch nomination Obama FCC's 'privacy' rules were a sham MORE (R-Ariz.) tweeted that not only is it his first day as a senator, his daughter got engaged at the Capitol the day before.
Honored to be sworn in as the 34th United States Senator for the great State of Texas.— Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzWith Freedom Caucus dig, Trump masters the media ... again Texas Dem targets Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 What are 'religious liberty' bills really about? MORE (R-Texas) (@tedcruz) January 3, 2013
Hoosiers: In less than 1hr, I will be sworn in as your next US Senator. Follow me and let’s bring Hoosier values back to Washington. –Joe— Sen. Joe DonnellyJoe DonnellyDem leaders give centrists space on Gorsuch NRA launches M Supreme Court ad With GOP’s healthcare bill on ice, Dems go on offense MORE (D-Ind.) (@SenDonnelly) January 3, 2013
About to step onto the Senate floor to be sworn in as CT's next Senator. I'm honored to be sent here and ready to get to work for our state— Sen. Chris MurphyChris MurphyDems wait for GOP olive branch after ObamaCare debacle GOP lawmakers defend Trump military rules of engagement Senate backs Montenegro's NATO membership MORE (D-Conn.) (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 3, 2013
Returning members were excited, too. Some, such as Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Bruce BraleyBruce BraleyTen years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer Criminal sentencing bill tests McConnell-Grassley relationship MORE (D-Iowa), shared a first look at their new gear for the 113th Congress, such as ID badges and congressional pins officially marking them as members.
New Congressional pin and Pin number for the 113th Congress. I'm an upperclassman! (twitter.com/BruceBraley/st…— Bruce Braley (@BruceBraley) January 3, 2013
Others welcomed back Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkObamaCare repeal bill would defund Planned Parenthood Leaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood GOP senator won't vote to defund Planned Parenthood MORE (R-Ill.), who spent all of 2012 recovering from a stroke. Kirk was able to walk up the outside steps of the Capitol, with some help from Vice President Biden and Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenate Dems to Trump: Veto broadband privacy repeal McCain having 'conversations' with Dems on Gorsuch nomination Live coverage: Senate intel holds first public Russia hearing MORE (D-W.Va.).
Several of Kirk’s colleagues in the Senate, as well as members of the Illinois delegation, welcomed him back. Kirk also tweeted a thank-you “for all the support.”
Another shot of Mark climbing the stairs. twitter.com/RepShimkus/sta…— Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) (@RepShimkus) January 3, 2013
I enjoyed seeing @senatorkirk return to the capitol today.He has been missed, and I am grateful for his miraculous recovery.— Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeKushner meets with lawmakers about criminal justice reform: report What are 'religious liberty' bills really about? Lee: Nuclear option justified after Dems used it in 2013 MORE (R-Utah) (@SenMikeLee) January 3, 2013
Welcome back to the Senate, @senatorkirk!— Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe Hill’s Whip List: 33 Dems are against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Senators demand Pentagon action after nude photo scandal Chelsea Clinton to be honored by Variety, Lifetime MORE (D-N.Y.) (@SenGillibrand) January 3, 2013
Dick DurbinDick DurbinKushner meets with lawmakers about criminal justice reform: report Dem leaders give centrists space on Gorsuch Republicans seek to lower odds of a shutdown MORE (D-Ill.) (@SenatorDurbin) January 3, 2013
Welcome back to Washington, @senatorkirk. Honored to join you for your return to the Capitol today.— Sen. Roy BluntRoy BluntMembers help package meals at Kraft Heinz charity event in DC White House signals it can live without border wall funds Interior secretary hints border wall could be on Mexican land MORE (R-Mo.) (@RoyBlunt) January 3, 2013
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement McCain and Graham: We won't back short-term government funding bill MORE (R-S.C.) was thinking of the new senator from South Carolina, former Rep. Tim ScottTim ScottNew bill does hard job of injecting capital into needy communities A better economic policy Republicans rebuke King for racial remarks MORE (R), who was selected by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to fill former Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) seat.
Today I have resigned from the House. A sincere thank you to the 1st District,&I look forward to serving SC starting tomorrow in the Senate!— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) January 2, 2013
@senatortimscott is well-prepared for the tasks that lie ahead and will hit the ground running in the U.S. Senate.— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) January 3, 2013
And many other members thanked their constituents and expressed hope for a more bipartisan Congress this session.
The 113th Congress has just convened.It’s an honor to continue to serve the people of the 12th District— Rep. Kay GrangerKay GrangerA guide to the committees: House Obama released 1M to Palestinians in final hours GOP recruitment goal: More women on ticket MORE (R-Texas) (@RepKayGranger) January 3, 2013
I'm about to be sworn in as a member of the 113th Congress. It is a privilege to serve you and all Americans.— Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) (@RepSpeier) January 3, 2013
Officially sworn in as a member of the 113th Congress moments ago. Hoping this Congress is a more bipartisan and productive one.— Rep. Karen BassKaren BassIndependent investigation into Russian interference needed Black Dems tell Trump: ‘We have a lot to lose’ A guide to the committees: House MORE (D-Calif.) (@RepKarenBass) January 3, 2013
New geometry on the vote board. Hopefully new geometry in the legislative negotiations.— Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) (@jahimes) January 3, 2013