Senators Alex Padilla, Jon Ossoff, and Raphael Warnock Sworn Into Office, Democrats Control Congress

Today is a celebratory day for Democrats. Three Democratic Senators have been sworn into office by Vice President Kamala Harris, giving control of the White House and Congress to the left-wing party for the first time in ten years.

Senators Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff both won Georgia’s Senate runoff elections earlier this month, and California’s governor appointed Alex Padilla to fill Harris’ vacant seat.

On Wednesday, Harris—the first woman VP—presided over the Senate for the first time, WTKR News reports.

All three senators changed history, Warnock is Georgia’s first Black Senator, Ossoff is the state’s first Jewish Senator, and Padilla is California’s first Hispanic Senator.

Ossoff, 33, is the Senate’s youngest sitting member.

According to the news outlet, the Senate is evenly split, but Democrats will be in control due to Harris’ powers to cast a tie-breaking vote in the chamber. Democrats have a 221-211 House majority, with three vacancies.

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