Biden swears in Sens. Scott, Schatz

Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) were formally sworn in to serve the remainder of their current terms. 

Vice President Biden presided over the Senate on Tuesday morning, while the lawmakers took their oath of office.

{mosads}Scott was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to fill Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) seat, when DeMint announced in 2012 that he’d retire to lead the Heritage Foundation. 

Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) appointed Schatz, despite former Sen. Daniel Inouye’s (D-Hawaii) dying wish that Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) replace him.

In November, voters in both states decided to allow Scott and Schatz to finish their full terms. 

Scott is the only Republican African-American serving in the Senate.

Biden stuck around the Senate floor for about 10 minutes shaking hands with Senate pages from both sides of the aisle.

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