113th Congress Convenes

Vice President Biden congratulates Sen. Bernie Sanders as Jane O’Meara Sanders looks on during a re-enactment of the swearing-in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders was sworn in Thursday for his second term in the U.S. Senate. The oath of office was administered by Vice President Joe Biden, the president of the Senate.  Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont’s senior senator and the Senate president pro tem, accompanied Sanders to the well of the Senate chamber for the official ceremony.

“I want to thank the citizens of Vermont for sending me to the Senate for a second term,” Sanders said afterward. “In these very difficult economic times, I will continue my efforts to fight for jobs for the people of our state and country, and to defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid against those who want to cut those vitally important programs. I also intend to bring forward sweeping legislation to transform our energy system and address the crisis of global warming.  I look forward to working with Vermonters on these and many other important issues.”

Watch the swearing-in ceremony

Watch Sen. Sanders’ statement