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Tammy Baldwin officially sworn in as Wisconsin U.S. Senator


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - You can now call her Senator Baldwin.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin was sworn in just after 11 a.m. as Wisconsin’s newest United States Senator.

The newly-elected senators were summoned to the podium four at a time, in alphabetical order. And Baldwin’s name was the first to be called.

She took her oath from Vice President Joe Biden, as she officially replaced fellow Democrat Herb Kohl – who retired after 24 years in the Senate.

House members were to take their oaths early Thursday afternoon. That includes Madison Democrat Mark Pocan, who’s the only newly-elected member in Wisconsin’s eight-person delegation.

Pocan replaces Baldwin, who spent 14 years in the House. And he’ll waste no time getting to work. Pocan tells WKOW-TV in Madison that he’ll be voting on things Friday – and not just basic rules for the 113th Congress.

Pocan says the agenda includes flood relief, and possibly some other issues. Pocan – a former chair of the state Legislature’s finance committee – says he wants to protect Social Security and Medicare as lawmakers consider spending cuts in the next couple months.

He said the government needs to return to good fiscal health, “without really affecting the middle class.”