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Corker takes oath of office in Washington

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Senate Swearing In

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was sworn into his second term as a U.S. Senator on Thursday in Washington. Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath as Corker’s wife, Elizabeth, looks on. ~ Photo courtesy of U.S. Senate Photographic Service

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who was elected overwhelmingly to a second term in November, was sworn in last week for a second term as the 113th Congress convened in Washington.

Corker joined fellow senators in the Senate Chamber at noon Thursday to take the oath, administered by Vice President Joe Biden.

“I am grateful for the tremendous privilege Tennesseans have given me once again to represent them in the U.S. Senate and to weigh in on the big issues facing our country,” Corker said. “There is no question we face historic challenges that require both parties to work together, most significant of which is putting our country’s fiscal house in order by restoring solvency to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and I remain committed to offering meaningful solutions for these and other important issues.”

Earlier this month, Corker offered legislation to raise the debt ceiling by roughly $1 trillion in exchange for roughly $1 trillion in reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 

Following the official swearing in, senators participated in a reenactment with their families in the Old Senate Chamber. Corker’s wife, Elizabeth, watched from the Senate gallery as Corker was sworn in and joined him for the reenactment.