Doug Jones and Tina Smith, two Democratic senators, were sworn in on Wednesday narrowing the Republican Senate Majority to 51-49.
The 63-year-old Jones, who was accompanied on the Senate floor by his family and former Vice President Joe Biden replaces now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Republicans had held the seat for close to 25 years before Roy Moore lost in mid-December. The seat is up for reelection again in 2020.
The 59-year-old Smith replaces Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who officially resigned yesterday over sexual harassment allegations. Tina Smith was Minnesota’s lieutenant governor until appointed last month by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.