Kamala Harris swears in Democrat John Fetterman as Senator from Pennsylvania
Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday inaugurated the 6-foot-8-inch tall John Fetterman as the newest US Senator from Pennsylvania.
Fetterman, the former Keystone state lieutenant governor, was the only Democrat to flip a Senate seat during the 2022 midterm election, giving the party its 51st Senate seat.
Fetterman swapped his signature hoodie and athletic shorts for a suit as he walked alongside fellow Pennsylvania Democratic Senator Senator Bob Casey to take the oath of office in the Senate chamber fountain along with several other Senate peers.
Later, at a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony, the new senator was joined by his wife Gisele and the couple’s three children.
The former mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, slammed Trump-backed television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz in one of the most watched races of the 2022 cycle.
Vice President Kamala Harris inaugurates Pennsylvania’s newest Democratic Senator, former Lt. gov. John Fetterman on Tuesday January 3 (left)
Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pennsylvania (left) repeats the oath at an oath-taking ceremony with Mrs. Gisele (center) holding the Bible with Vice President Kamala Harris (right).
Just days before his Democratic primary in May, Fetterman suffered a stroke that left him with persistent auditory processing problems throughout his tenure in the Senate.
Fetterman had to be subtitled for the Oz debate in mid-October. Because of his shaky performance, many Democrats feared that Oz, who had outperformed Fetterman in the polls for most of the campaign, might jump ahead.
But on election night, Fetterman’s race was called before 1 a.m
After all the votes were tallied, Fetterman beat Oz by nearly five points.
Fetterman’s team successfully exploited Oz’s status as the television doctor was primarily based in New Jersey during the run of his television show.
John Fetterman (left) enters the fountain of the Senate chambers Tuesday alongside Sen. Bob Casey (right), his fellow Pennsylvania state official
Senator John Fetterman speaks with Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, in the Senate Tuesday after being sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris, the Senate President
The Fetterman campaign paid Snooki, a reality TV star from the Jersey Shore show, to say that Oz was welcome to return to New Jersey after his run, and paid for a plane to hoist a banner over Jersey Shore, which read: “Hey Dr. Oz. Welcome home to NJ! Dear John!’
When Oz traveled to Philadelphia to eat Philly cheesesteaks, Fetterman tweeted, “Ah yes, the trip to Pats + Geno’s – every tourist’s rite of passage.”
And Fetterman’s team made a big deal when Oz used the term “raw” while filming a grocery shopping video to blast President Joe Biden over rising food prices.
That joke was alive and well Tuesday when Fetterman officially became a member of Congress.
His new communications director, Joe Calvello, tweeted a picture of a vegetable tray with the caption, “Yes there are blanks at the Fetterman inauguration.”
Senator John Fetterman (left) takes the oath again at a ceremony on Tuesday, the first day of the new Congress
Gisle Fetterman (third from right) shared a picture of her husband, Senator John Fetterman (second from left) and their three children alongside Vice President Kamala Harris (second from right) during Tuesday’s inauguration ceremony.
Gisele Fetterman shared photos with family on Tuesday’s inauguration of her husband, Senator John Fetterman, on Capitol Hill
John Fetterman, seen on Election Day in Braddock, Pennsylvania along with his wife Gisele (right), usually wears athletic shorts and a hoodie
Fetterman’s team made a big deal about Dr. Oz used the term “blanks” in a grocery shopping video intended to pound President Joe Biden. The joke was alive and well Tuesday when Fetterman’s communications director tweeted a picture of “blanks” at the inauguration
Gisele Fetterman said, “Yes, of course the dogs were there,” as she held up a cardboard cutout of the couple’s pooches from the Capitol
Gisele Fetterman shared a series of snaps from swearing-in day.
“Allow me to introduce Pennsylvania’s junior (and very cute) Senator John Fetterman,” she wrote.
The pictures included pictures with the family and Fetterman’s name listed on the register of a Senate office building.
She also said that “of course” the couple’s two dogs were there in spirit as she posed in the Capitol holding up cardboard cutouts of pooches Levi and Artie.
She also shared with her Twitter followers that she’s retired her nickname “SLOP” — having previously served as Second Lady of Pennsylvania.
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