Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-Mass.) will be sworn in to the Senate by Vice President Joe Biden Thursday at 5 p.m.

Brown's swearing-in ceremony was officially added to Biden's schedule Thursday after it was reported Wednesday that Brown would take his seat earlier than expected. Biden will administer the oath of office to Brown in his capacity as president of the Senate. 


Once Brown is sworn in, he will become the 41st GOP senator, breaking the Democrats' 60-vote supermajority.

The surprise winner of the Massachusetts special Senate election, which was held last month, was set to be sworn in next Thursday. But Brown penned Gov. Deval Patrick (D) and Secretary of State William Galvin Wednesday requesting that he be sworn in immediately so he could participate in upcoming votes.

No votes on major legislation is taking place this week, but a confirmation vote could take place on an appointee to the National Labor Relations Board, Craig Becker, who is opposed by many Republicans.