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Published On: Thu, Jan 3rd, 2013

113th US Congress sworn in, leadership roles stayed the same

The Senate and House have ushered in a new Congress as the 113th Congress convened at 12 noon EST, the constitutionally mandated time on both sides of the Capitol.

photo Kmccoy

photo Kmccoy

In the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden swore in 12 new members elected in November, lawmakers who won another term and South Carolina Republican Tim Scott (who replaces Jim DeMint).

Applause from members and the gallery marked every oath-taking.

Shortly before the session, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who had been absent for the past year while recovering from a stroke, slowly walked up the 45 steps to the Senate, with Biden nearby and the Senate leaders at the top of the stairs to greet him.

Democrats tightened their grip on the Senate for a 55-45 edge in the new two-year Congress, ensuring that Reid will remain in charge. Republicans maintained their majority in the House but will have a smaller advantage, 233-200. Leadership in the House and the Senate remained the same.

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