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Newly-elected Democratic senator from New Jersey Cory Booker, left, and his mother, Carolyn Booker, meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., before being officially sworn in on the floor of the Senate, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 (AP Photo) Newly-elected Democratic senator from New Jersey Cory Booker, left, and his mother, Carolyn Booker, meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., before being officially sworn in on the floor of the Senate, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 (AP Photo)

By KATIE ZEZIMA  Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cory Booker is the newest member of the U.S. Senate.

Vice President Joe Biden swore in Booker in the Old Senate Chamber Thursday afternoon.

The former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, becomes the second African American in the Senate. The other is Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina.

Booker took the oath on his own Bible. The Democrat was surrounded by family, including his mother and brother. His father died Oct. 10.

Booker and his mother met with Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday morning. In the afternoon, he'll meet with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Booker is serving out the remaining term of the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.

The Democratic majority stands at 55 senators.

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