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Biden to escort Jones for swearing-in ceremony

Biden to escort Jones for swearing-in ceremony

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden: I hope Dems don't move to impeach Trump if they retake the House Biden: Trump administration 'coddles autocrats and dictators' Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage MORE will reportedly escort Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) for his swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday.

WAAY TV in Huntsville, Ala., reported that Biden will escort Jones in a break from tradition.

Normally, a new senator is escorted by their home-state colleague, but Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyDisasters become big chunk of U.S. deficit Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks Florida politics play into disaster relief debate MORE (R-Ala.) was reportedly not asked.

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After the swearing-in, Biden is expected to speak at a gathering for Jones that will include friends, family and supporters, according to an ABC News reporter.

Jones is the first Democrat in decades to win a Senate race in Alabama, a state that reliably votes Republican. He defeated Republican Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreFormer campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Mellman: When questions don’t mean what they say CNN's Toobin: It's Trump's ‘nature’ to not believe accusations of sexual assault MORE, who faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Biden campaigned for Jones in Alabama and recorded a robocall for his fellow Democrat in the final days of the campaign.

After Jones's win, Biden congratulated him, saying on Twitter: “Doug Jones. Thank you, Alabama. You’ve elected a man of incredible integrity, grit, and character.”

“A fighter for working class and middle class Alabamians. He is going to make you proud in the Senate," Biden tweeted last month.

Jones's victory further narrows Republican control in the Senate to a slim majority of 51-49.