Rick Scott belatedly sworn in as Florida senator

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) was sworn in on Tuesday, days after the rest of his freshman colleagues joined the Senate. 

Scott was sworn in by Vice President Pence on the Senate floor. The two will also participate in a ceremonial swearing in the old Senate chamber. 

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Most new senators were sworn in on Thursday, but Scott's team announced last month that he would delay his swearing in until Jan. 8, allowing him to remain on as Florida’s governor until the end of his term. 

The belated swearing-in will make Scott the most junior of the incoming freshman senators.

Scott is succeeding Democratic Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonEx-House Intel chair: Intel panel is wrong forum to investigate Trump's finances The Hill's Morning Report - Trump budget reignites border security fight 2020 party politics in Puerto Rico MORE, whom he defeated late last year after a protracted vote recount and allegations of voter fraud. 

The fight between Scott and Nelson was the most expensive Senate race ever, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Scott spent more than $63 million of his own money on his campaign. 

Scott kept his distance from President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE during his Senate campaign, and he’s joining the chamber more than two weeks into a partial government shutdown over the president's U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Scott, during an interview with The Washington Post, declined to say if he agreed with the president, who is demanding more than $5 billion for the wall. 

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t get government open and fund border security,” Scott said.

"The way I would think about it is you have to have a secure border. Whether it’s a wall, or whether it’s a fence, or whether it’s technology, whether it’s people, whatever it is, we ought to be doing it," he added.