(CNN) - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich oversaw Wednesday the swearing-in of the state Senate, the very body that will soon hold an impeachment trial against him.
Dressed in a dark suit with a blue tie, Blagojevich presided over the afternoon ceremony in Springfield, which also involved electing a Senate president.
Illinois Appellate Judge Mary Jane Theis swore in the new Senate.
The House voted 114-1 Friday to impeach the governor, who was arrested in
December on federal corruption charges.
Among other allegations, federal prosecutors said the governor tried to trade or sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.
Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing and said the House impeachment vote
was politically motivated.
"I'm confident that at the end of the day I will be properly exonerated," Blagojevich declared last week.
The Senate impeachment trial is likely to begin January 26.