February 4th, 2010
06:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Scott Brown sworn in as new U.S. senator from Massachusetts


Washington (CNN) – Republican Scott Brown was sworn in Thursday as the new U.S. senator from Massachusetts to fill the seat formerly held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, and immediately signaled opposition to President Barack Obama's spending plans.

Brown's new Senate colleagues applauded after the ceremony on the floor of the Senate chamber conducted by Vice President Joe Biden, in his capacity as president of the Senate. Democratic Sen. John Kerry, also of Massachusetts, and Brown's wife, Gail Huff, accompanied Brown into the chamber.

At a news conference after the ceremony, Brown thanked Massachusetts voters who gave him a surprise victory in the January 19 special election in a state that had not elected a Republican senator since 1972.

"I can't promise I'll be right in every vote I make. I'm sure I'll make mistakes from time to time," Brown said. "But I will try to learn and grow and do the very best job I can on a day-to-day basis."

Updated: 6:20 p.m.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Donkey Party

    Useless piece of GOP garbage obstuctionist.

    February 4, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Gerry NH

    Good I hope he votes with his head and not his butt on a straight party line. I wish he would become New Hampshire because we have a no good incumbent in the democrat party as senator.

    February 4, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Michael from Ventura

    Forgive them Teddy for they know not what they've done................

    February 4, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Stop the Nonsense

    Welocme Senator Brown.
    Please be fair and open minded and show the others how this can work.
    Am I asking too much?

    February 4, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Desmond in Canada

    If your Helath Care Reform gets derailed, 52% of Massachusetts voters and those who did not vote will soon realize what a serious mistake they made!

    February 4, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Total BS

    BABY KILLER !! The GOP sold their soul to the devil ! Shame !

    February 4, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Minnesota gal

    Did he have his nudeo picture wrapped around his heart when he took the pledge. What a big joke. But then guess that's what all republicans are now a days big jokes.

    February 4, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. billy123

    Yes another NO vote which the GOP did not need due to the fact the Dems had 60 votes in the Senate and could not pass a dam thing anyway. I wish the Dems had there Dems in lock step like the Republicans and then you would really see change you can believe in.

    February 4, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. all the news that's fit to omit

    Make Mass proud Scott, I met you, campaigned for you, made calls and held signs for you, PROVE the Rahm-tards that still infest Massachusetts wrong.

    But remember, IF a DEMOCRAT has a good idea, VOTE FOR IT, IF a REPUBLICAN has a bad one, VOTE AGAINST IT.

    It is the peoples seat and we are a CENTER/RIGHT Country and don't forget that.

    Good luck my friend and Godspeed.

    February 4, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Mickey

    I give him 6 months before either he's caught doing something not listed under the Fascist Republican Party's Purity Law, or he just realizes that he actually has to work for a living.

    Although I did read where he has been practicing saying the word "NO" in his bathroom mirror...so he'll fit right in as the newist member of the domestic terrorist organization known as the GOP.

    February 4, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. John

    The Republicans are proud that all they have remaining is the capability of a filibuster? Like that's some kind of accomplishment?

    February 4, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. OBAMANATION IS A DISGRACE TO OUR NATION

    We love you Senator Brown. Now get to work and help save our Country.

    February 4, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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