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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  1. Independent_me

    Maybe Scott Brown will remember that was Independents and NOT Republicans who put him in office...

    Do the right thing, Senator Brown...work for the good of the country, and not just for the no-saying Republicans. Don't just say "NO" to everything...

    February 4, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    I hope he's a new kind of republican that can teach those old men how to cooperate and give valid ideas for how to help Americans.

    If he turns out to be "purified", he won't make the cut in MA in 2 years.

    February 4, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. DC Observer

    As a Democrat Scott seems very grounded, honestm and open. He sounds like a square shooter, Just maybe Scott can be the Senate glue that brings some honest discourse. debate, and compromise to DC. If Obama can stop saying "we won" so take whatever we give you, he will not succeed. Senator brown is going to determin wheter Obama gets a second term or not because now the President must lead BOTH parties and bring compromise and some much needed legislation

    February 4, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. EC

    I can't wait for "Pretty Boy Pin-Up" to come to Washington where the BIG DOGS are waiting for him. He thinks his good looks are going to get him the red carpet treatment. Let's just wait and see how Mr. Perky does in Washington dog pit. LOL

    February 4, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    (Oh man, that was funny)...anyway, thank God he's sworn in but people should relaxed, and you know our country is messed up when he already is being discussed to run for President, you people sure like to fantasize too much. Of course it depends on his political record and what, how he gets things done, then we can talk of a running to the Presidency.

    That's good to see.

    February 4, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Tracy

    Don't get too comfortable in the Senate, Mr. Brown. You're only there until 2012.

    February 4, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Albo58

    Justice has been served in the state of Massachesetts...FINALLY! The inept Governor and his drones in Boston that decided to "re-amend" the state law in order to bypass an election by the people to place their own stooge in this seat was a complete travesty and an embarrassment to this country!

    February 4, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Vic of New York

    Yeah, let's see if Mass-achoo-setts doesn't regret it – like Connecticut wishes it could hide under a rock for putting Joe Lieberman in office!

    February 4, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. carlos

    anxious to vote like his fellow repugnants and at the urging of the CONServative radio and tv evils......man, what a bunch

    February 4, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Mike in MN

    YEAH!!!!!
    I would not be suprised if more than a few Democrats actually welcome Brown as the 41st vote. Now if the Republicans stick together they can support a filibuster. Before they could not unless some Democrats crossed over and joined them. Now Democrats can be spared being presurred by Obama and Reid to vote for bills they oppose and that are not popular with voters. They don't have to decide to go on record voting for unpopular bills voters don't want or on record voting against their party to stop them.
    As for the Republicans, if they block bills voters don't want like cap and trade and the current health care reform or massive spending bills, voters will love them. If Repubicans block bills the voters like they do so at great peril.

    February 4, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. independent

    Let's get some votes going and get this guy on record for something. No one knows this guy, what he believes and what he'll fight for or against. Voters voted for the unknown. Let's see if the devil you don't know is better than the devil you do.

    February 4, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. carlos

    you doung a heck of a job brownie.....already flipping and flopping, what happened to the Feb. 11 date you set.....your chairman limpbag must have scorned you.....tail between your legs already?

    February 4, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. mark

    Change is finally here!!!!

    February 4, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Tyrone

    Now this is Hope and Change I can beleive in!

    February 4, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. felicia

    Cnn i'm sick to death of your stories remember when scott brown got elected they said the stocks were gonna rise. But the didn't, now that it's been low these last couple of days they're tryna blame it on the jobs and debt. Why are you people looking for away to blame President Obama. I really can't stand cnn you people are a bunch of hypocrites.

    February 4, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. Jane/Seattle

    Time will tell us all things. Nice how this works out! Now if folks could just figure out how to interpret and make changes together, everything could be improving rapidly.

    Brown indicated his top priorities will be job growth and deficit reduction. He said that while he has "great respect" for Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, it's "a new era."
    Right, right! Just don't Touch that War funding, arms dealing, weapons sharing programs, Israeli loyalty or other sacred cows in Washington! Right?

    February 4, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Alonso

    Well this is a great victory for the republicans and congratulations to Mr. Brown. We all hope that both parties will stop the political bickering and start doing work for the American people. Hopefully Mr. Brown won't fall into the same trap or has he?

    February 4, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. jules sand-perkins

    Now that Senator Brown–just love the sound of that–has been sworn in, there is again Hope for the salvation of this country.

    February 4, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    "Brown indicated his top priorities will be job growth and deficit reduction."

    Sounds like he's ready to back President Obama's agenda – because that's what HE wants, too!

    Oops! Brown in a Republican, so he'll probably just propose the same old, tried-and-failed GOP policies of tax cuts for the wealthy – even though we all know that only produces jobs overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations are non-existent (can you say, lead in kids' toys?).

    The people of Massachusetts really shot themselves in the foot with this one ... all they got was a pretty face and an empty head.

    February 4, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. EC

    Congrat's to "Pretty Boy-Brown"....

    February 4, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. coreywalker

    he started with a lie.he said no job has been created from the stimulus.mass will regrett this.he acted like john mccain jr.

    February 4, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. jules sand-perkins

    Wait–he's the new senator from...don't they spell that M-A-S-S-A-C-H-U-S-E-T-T-E-S now?
    Oh, these liberals can be so confusing!

    February 4, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Brian from NJ

    Excellent, now we can start getting back to a balance of power and the Democrats will be less inclined to ramming their extreme left wing agenda down our throats... if we had a Democrat in the WH and the GOP running Congress, that would be great. Worked out pretty well the last time this was the way the power was distributed.

    February 4, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. A4H

    Congratulations Senator Brown! Finally he was sworn in, I thought we'd wait until next year!~

    February 4, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. Paul H

    Good, he should have been automatically sworn in after the election.

    February 4, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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