The day we’ve been waiting for. This picture is from one of her three swearing-ins. All the Senators get sworn in together and then they get sworn in individually by Vice President, Joe Biden. Her third, which I plan to attend will be here in Boston, just down the street from me, on Saturday. Justice Elena Kagan will do the honors.
Elizabeth Warren arrived at the Capitol on Thursday morning carrying a black L.L. Bean backpack in the manner of a student in one of her former Harvard classes. Inside was her treasured, tattered King James Bible, used since third grade and chosen for her Senate swearing-in.
“I know people come with big fancy family Bibles,” Warren said in an interview before her induction. “Mine’s a little more modest.”
As she waited, the first woman elected to the Senate from Massachusetts mused about the moment.
“This chair, this particular Senate seat, was held by John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, [Charles] Sumner — and of course Senator [Edward M.] Kennedy for half a century,” Warren said. “Men of principle, men who fought hard for the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and for this country.”
All of us who worked for her election – and those who didn’t – should wish her well. She has history to live up to and we know she will join the list as a great Senator.
[And I just realized I forgot to mention Bruce Mann, Warren’s husband, in the caption to the picture.]
Photograph Chip Somadevilla / Getty Images
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