February 10th, 2009
04:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Vice President to host new senators at residence

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(CNN)– Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill will host a cocktail reception at the U.S. Naval Observatory this evening for new members of the U.S. Senate as well as their families. Tonight’s guests will include lawmakers who filled the replacements for seats vacated by President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Senators Roland Burris of Illinois, Ted Kaufman of Delaware and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will join several other new senators at the gathering.

The 19th century home, which sits on the Naval Observatory grounds, was built in 1893 and was originally intended for the Superintendent of the United States Naval Observatory. At that time, Vice Presidents lived in their own homes but in 1974 Congress sought to refurbish the home so it could function as the Vice President’s residence. This decision was largely dictated by the economy, as it was deemed too expensive for each incoming Vice President to secure a private residence. The Observatory still functions alongside the private residence as a place where scientists can observe the sun, moon and stars to measure time, as well as to publish astronomical data.

Full list of senators:

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)

Senator Mark Begich (D-AK)

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Senator Roland Burris (D-IL)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC)

Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE)

Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE)

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Senator James Risch (R-ID)

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Filed under: Joe Biden
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. WIlly Brown

    Joe who?

    February 10, 2009 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  2. gl, Pittsburgh

    I am glad to see some articles on Vice President Joe Biden. I think is a very smart man and great leader. I love you Joe Biden.

    February 10, 2009 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  3. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    And no doubt the guests of honor will be Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Arlen Specter, the country's new honorary Democrats.

    February 10, 2009 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. S Callahan

    I think there may be a little more going on at the Observatory than CNN has listed..........

    February 10, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  5. Carl from MI

    Maybe they'll all take turns playing hide-n-seek in Cheney's man-size safes he left behind....

    February 10, 2009 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. Noah

    I love how Liberals are continuing to defend Joe Biden's idiotic remarks. When will they concede that this guy is just plain dumb? It is not "Joe being Joe," it is Joe being dumb. Any Republican who made the same mistakes would be skewered and labeled an idiot, but the media and Liberal lemmings continue to make excuses for this guy. Obama continues to throw him under the bus, which is equally hilarious.

    February 10, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. Sharon Northern Virginia


    February 10, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. Had It

    Hmmmm – more Ds than Rs -

    Obstructionists, beware. Next year could bring more Ds than Rs again.

    February 10, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. Obama - NOPE

    What a lovable guy, that Joe. He loves to make everybody laugh. Not too bright, but ya just want to hug him – or smack him, if you're Obama.

    February 10, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  10. Fan of Common Sense

    In just three short weeks, we've gone from a significant, powerful, decisive vice president to a GLORIFIED WAITER who has to kiss the Russians' back-side to make a headline.

    We miss you, Cheney. Thanks for showing us what a REAL VP should be like. Biden couldn't shine your shoes.

    February 10, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. Barbara Campbell

    Almost three incoming Democrats for every one incoming Republican. 2010: Let's do it again!!

    February 10, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Sye the Pychic

    Joes ok with me.Abbott had Costello,and President Obama has Joe.

    February 10, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. Venia

    I hope there are no rethuglicans invited, they've done enough damage to this country without wrecking your home.

    February 10, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |