Once the senators take the oath of office, they reprise the event at a ceremony with family and friends in the Old Senate Chamber, once the home to the U.S. Senate and later to the U.S. Supreme Court from 1860 to 1935. Moore was disliked by a swath of GOP voters that only grew after he faced sexual misconduct allegations involving teenage girls. Pence has cast six tie-breaking votes so far.
For two months, more than 160 HRC volunteers and 11 HRC staff worked to reach the almost 200,000 "Equality Voters" across Alabama - a voting bloc comprised of not only the 60,000 LGBTQ voters in the state, but also the thousands of additional allies HRC has identified statewide. "He's been here many years himself so it's going to be a special day", said Jones.
"I am humbled and honored to stand here today, chosen by the people of Alabama to represent our state in this historic institution", Jones said.
Jones now replaces Alabama Sen.
"I said 'Welcome to the radical middle, '" Manchin said, recounting their chat.
The decision was likely an easy one for Jones, having been a close friend of Biden's for more than four decades, with Jones once working alongside Biden as a young staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sure, Richard Jaffe, an Alabama defense lawyer fulfilled his professional obligation in defending the Moores' son Caleb from drug charges in 2016, but his heart belongs to the Democrat candidate and Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones.
While the Senate welcomed in the two new Democrats, it was Biden who appeared to be in the spotlight during their formal swearing-in ceremony on the Senate floor. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) were on hand. He also both contributed and fundraised for Jones' campaign.
As he rode a subway in the Capitol minutes after Jones was sworn in, Sen.
"To be able to have done the things I've done and end up back here is just a remarkable thing", Jones said. Jay Rockefeller (Democrat of West Virginia), will be legislative director.
"His personality is not that different from the Ralph Northam personality", said Kaine, who faces reelection this year.
Holder said he and Jones have worked together on several issues and he expects the new senator will be a "unique voice" on issues such as criminal justice reform, voting rights and national security.
In the lawn in front of one convenience store three small signs in favor of Doug Jones, the man who defeated Roy Moore, are placed where the entire world can see them - even weeks after the election.
Moore has since made unsubstantiated accusations of election fraud and has yet to concede the election. Jeff Sessions to serve as attorney general.