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Alabama’s Britt, Strong take oath of office today

Alabama’s newly elected U.S. Senator, Katie Britt, will take the oath of office early this afternoon as the first woman elected to the Senate from Alabama.

At 40, Britt also becomes the youngest current female senator and the only Republican mother of school age children in the Senate.

“As people across America approach this time of year with a sense of renewal and optimism while undertaking New Year’s resolutions, I want Alabamians to hear this commitment directly from me: I am firmly resolved to never be outworked and to always make Alabama proud in the United States Senate,” Britt said in a written statement. “Being entrusted to serve as Alabama’s U.S. Senator is a tremendous honor and responsibility. I am ready to hit the ground running to fight for hardworking families in every corner of our great state and to preserve the American Dream for generations to come.”

Britt, a former Business Council of Alabama leader and chief of staff for departing U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, defeated six-term Congressman Mo Brooks in a June GOP primary runoff with 63% of the vote. After the contentious primary that included a flip-flop of support for Brooks from former President Donald Trump, Britt easily won the general election in November.

The ceremony will happen soon after the noon Eastern Time convening of the 118th Congress. It can be viewed live on C-SPAN 2 via television or their online livestream. The Senate’s livestream can be accessed online here.

Also being sworn in to office today is Congressman-elect Dale Strong, the newest member of Alabama’s House delegation. Strong, who for ten years has served as chairman of the Madison County Commission, will replace outgoing Brooks in Alabama’s 5th District.

Strong defeated a crowded field of Republican candidates in the 2022 primary and then went on to easily defeat Democrat Kathy Warner-Stanton in November.

Alabama Daily News previously reported that Strong has hired Payne Griffin as chief of staff, Chandler Shields as deputy chief of staff, Ella Sullins as legislative director and Ashley Satterfield as military legislative assistant. 

The House proceedings also begin at noon Eastern Time and can be viewed on C-SPAN here.

 

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