Posted at: 01/03/2013 9:16 PM
Updated at: 01/03/2013 10:13 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
The 113th Congress convened today, and it all began with the swearing in of new and returning members, including lawmakers serving here in the Northland.
Vice President Joe Biden swore in 12 new senators Thursday, including Wisconsin's first female senator, Tammy Baldwin. She will be a part of history this session, joining the ranks of the most women ever to serve in Congress.
"As we have more and more, we change the texture of those conversations and those debates because we involve our own life experiences," said Sen. Baldwin.
Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar was also sworn in for her second six-year term.
Over at the House, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi introduced newly re-elected Speaker of the House John Boehner. Boehner then led each representative to take their oaths. Of those taking their oaths were Northland lawmakers Republican Representative Sean Duffy of Wisconsin and Minnesota's 8th District Representative, Rick Nolan.
"It was quite heartwarming, quite exciting for me," said Rep. Nolan. "I've served in the past, but I came so much better prepared today than ever before."
Nolan said this first day in Congress was full of family and friends, but the previous session has left a lot of work to be done.
"They have left the toughest part of the job to be done by us here in 60 days and that's to bring the budget into balance," Rep. Nolan said.
In March, Congress will address the debt ceiling, the first major topic for this newly sworn in 113th Congress.