Sen. Gary Peters sworn into second term as Congress starts new session

US senator from Michigan says he’s ready to ‘get to work’

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., speaks during an event with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Beech Woods Recreation Center, in Southfield, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The U.S. senator from Michigan is ready to “get to work” after being sworn in to office -- again -- on Sunday.

Sen. Gary Peters was sworn in to his second term in Congress on Jan. 3, just months after defeating Republican opponent John James.

“It is truly humbling to have been entrusted by the people of Michigan to continue representing them in the United States Senate. This is an honor of a lifetime, and I’m going to keep fighting for Michiganders and working to bring people together to solve the pressing challenges facing our nation,” Peters said. “We must get this pandemic under control and do everything in our power to rebuild the economy, safely and efficiently distribute vaccines that are coming online free of charge, and support Michigan families, workers, small businesses and health care professionals. There’s still so much to do, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work on addressing the pressing challenges facing us.”

U.S. Senator from Michigan Gary Peters was sworn into his second term in Congress on Jan. 3, 2021. Photo provided by the office of Sen. Peters. (Office of Sen. Gary Peters)

After a contentious race, Peters was victorious over James in the November General Election by about 90,000 votes. James initially echoed the GOP’s allegations of voter fraud in the presidential election, but he later conceded to Peters one day after the Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted to certify the 2020 election results.

Peters was sworn in to his first term as a U.S. senator in 2015. Prior to his role in the Senate, Peters served as a representative in the U.S. House.

Congress opens new session as virus, Biden’s win dominate (AP)

Congress convened Sunday for the start of a new session, swearing in lawmakers during a tumultuous period as a growing number of Republicans work to overturn Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump and the coronavirus surges.

Democrat Nancy Pelosi was set to be reelected as House speaker by her party, which retains the majority in the House but with the slimmest margin in 20 years after a November election wipeout.

Opening the Senate could be among Mitch McConnell’s final acts as majority leader. Republican control is in question until Tuesday’s runoff elections for two Senate seats in Georgia. The outcome will determine which party holds the chamber.

The House and Senate opened at noon, as required by law, with strict COVID protocols. Elbow bumps replaced handshakes as senators took the oath of office. Fewer family members than usual joined lawmakers at the Capitol.

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