Cory Booker has officially been sworn in as a U.S. senator, becoming the first black senator to be elected from New Jersey and the first elected to the upper chamber since Barack Obama in 2004.
Booker’s moment drew congratulations from not just his now-fellow senators on the Senate floor after his official swearing-in, but also House members belonging to the Congressional Black Caucus. They packed the Old Senate Chambers to watch Booker and Vice President Joe Biden pose for photos. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., crouched to snap a picture with his phone of the Booker family with Biden.
“These guys are probably the best asset you and I both have,” Biden said after posing for photos with Booker’s family and CBC members.
Biden, in his typical work-the-room style, told zingers to the Booker family that had them in stitches. He joked with Booker’s pastor that he should really pray for the newly elected senator. “Hi mom, I’m Joe Biden,” he said as he greeted Booker’s mother.
Booker had jokes of his own, telling Biden he hasn’t found a place to live yet. He quipped to the vice president, “Do you have a spare room?”