Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sen. Hawley Takes Oath in DC

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sen. Hawley Takes Oath in DC

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WASHINGTON - It's official: Call him Sen. Josh Hawley.

The Missouri Republican was sworn in Thursday just after noon, part of a cadre of 34 senators elected this year who took the oath of office. (Sen.-elect Rick Scott of Florida, who is still governor, will be sworn in later.)

Hawley said later he felt a "sense of gratitude, and a sense of humility" in the moment.

"It is incredibly humbling," he said in an interview with the Post-Dispatch. "A kid from Lexington, Missouri. It is like, 'Wow.'"

The man who defeated Democrat Claire McCaskill repeated the oath of office from Vice President Mike Pence.

His Missouri seatmate, Republican Roy Blunt, accompanied Hawley to the front of the chamber for the swearing-in.

Afterward, as other newly elected senators were sworn in, in groups of four, Hawley stood near the back of the chamber, chatting privately with Sen. Tom Cotton , R-Ark., a conservative who on rare occasions bucks his own party's leadership. Some have speculated that Hawley will be a similar senator, given the positions he took in the campaign and the similarities in geographical background and the age of the two men.

Hawley said he welcomed the comparisons, and called Cotton a friend.

"I think he is a great senator," Hawley told the Post-Dispatch. "He works incredibly hard, he represents his state incredibly well, he is extremely smart, extremely knowledgeable. I think he is a great model."

McCaskill, in exit interviews, singled out Cotton as a senator she would not miss. She said he did not work well across the aisle.

Hawley, who turned 39 on Monday, is now the youngest senator. Cotton is 41. Other senators came to congratulate Hawley, including Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who was sworn in in his group of four; John Cornyn, R-Texas; James Lankford, R-Okla.; and Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

Gardner ran the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, which helped recruit and support Hawley in his victory over McCaskill. …

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