Warren, Kennedy sworn in as part of 113th Congress

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January 3, 2013, 5:59 pm
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(NECN: Alison King, Washington) - The Bay State's two newest delegates to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were sworn in Thursday.

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Joe Kennedy III are among the new faces in the 113th Congress.

Kennedy knows he's a bit of a novelty in Washington, as many have watched to see what the new Kennedy will do as a freshman member of Congress. He says he's focused on the work ahead.

As for Warren, she says she was thinking about her parents when she was getting sworn in, choking up a bit when she reflected on how proud they would have been to be there.

"I brought my Bible. This is the Bible I got when was in third grade," Warren says, holding it.

Warren also held that Bible in the Senate Chamber as she was sworn into office as the new junior Senator from Massachusetts.

"I'm honored to be here," Warren said. "I'm excited, I'm ready to get to work. It's every part of that."

Warren's arrival on Capitol Hill comes just days after the 112th Congress voted on fiscal cliff - a saga that Warren described as "discouraging."

"The Republicans are arguing for the position that I got to tell ya, it just genuinely shocks me. Why are they unhappy about the deal and what did it take to bring them to the table? Well, their view is there weren't enough cuts to our seniors, you know, people who are living on Social Security," Warren said.

Looking ahead, Warren says she intends to focus on what she campaigned on, improving the lives of the middle class, although she's not looking for a high profile.

"You know, Alison, my job is not to set the world on fire. My job is to get things done," Warren said.

Warren joined hundreds of supporters from Massachusetts, D.C. and around the country at a post-swearing in gathering at the Russell Office Building, that included Obama senior adviser David Axelrod.

"I was very much in the corner encouraging her to run in the first place, and I think she's going to make an exceptional senator, so I'm really proud of her, and I'm proud of Massachusetts for sending her here," Axelrod said.

Meanwhile, on the House side, there's another high profile member from the Bay State: Joe Kennedy III.

Kennedy may have some celebrity cache following in the footsteps of father Joe, cousin Patrick and Uncle Ted in the Senate, but he's being low-key about all that as he focuses on the work ahead.

"I'm obviously very proud of what my family has done and I'm proud that there's relationships that they still carry, that walking through the halls someone will oftentimes pull you aside and says 'Hey, I knew your dad, I knew your cousin, I was a fan of your uncle,' and I'm grateful for that," Kennedy said. "At the same time, obviously, this is me, and I'm getting lost in the hallways just like every other freshman at this point."

Tags: congress, Washington DC, Alison King, David Axelrod, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy III, 113th congress
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