First Day Sights of New Congress
So much of our local news and daily work life is here within the DC Metro area and as a result it defines us and our region.
Here are but a few photos of the new Congress who met Jan. 3 for swearing in ceremonies. Perhaps the most emotional moments were seen on the Senate side of the Capitol where Senator Mark Kirk (R-ILL) returned to work some 348 days after suffering a stroke. As a result of the stroke the Senator had to relearn how to walk. Vice President Joe Biden along with good friends, senators, family and a large contingent of Chicago-based media were on hand to witness his return – along with yours truly.
Enjoy these slices of life from the US Capitol – January 3, 2013
Democratic women lawmakers begin to gather on the East Capitol steps
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) front and center with Rep. Tammy Duckworth to the right (Pelosi’s left).
Sen Mark Kirk (R-ILL) with Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer
Vice President Joe Biden awaits along with many Senate members for Senator Mark Kirk to make his way up the Senate steps.
Sen Mark Kirk (R-ILL) waves to members of the Senate
Sen Mark Kirk (R-ILL) jokes with the Vice President, as Senators Manchin and Durbin look on before climbing the Senate Steps. Reportedly he said that he was rooting for the VP during the debates.
Photo op moment for all. Biden, Kirk, Manchin and Durbin.
The entire scene on the Senate Steps
Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, his wife Myrna and Vice President Joe Biden at Swearing In reenactment in the Old Senate Chamber.
A smiling Myrna Cardin leaves her husband Senator Ben Cardin’s swearing in reenactment in the Old Senate Chamber.