Cory Booker will be sworn in as the next senator of New Jersey by Vice President Joe Biden at noon on Oct. 31 at the U.S. Capitol, CBS New York reports.
Booker, a Democrat, defeated Republican Steven Lonegan last week in a special election to determine who would finish out the remaining 15 months left on the term of former New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June at the age of 89.
The Newark mayor is poised to become the second African-American elected to the Senate, after Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) won his seat in January.
Booker told CBS New York last week that he would use his new office to promote bipartisan politics, especially in light of the recent government shutdown that ended after 16 days.
“All over New Jersey, all over American, [the shutdown] hurt,” Booker said. “It hurt our economy. It hurt our stock market. There’s no place that this didn’t hurt everybody. There’s no winners in this. It hurt everyone. So I’m going down there now to try to bring the spirit of bipartisanship.”
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