Murkowski, Young Sworn In

Photos and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC

Two-thirds of Alaska’s Congressional delegation was sworn in for new terms today.  Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young each took the oath of office in their respective chambers.

Congressman Young starts his 20th term, and Senator Murkowski her second full term.  She made history by being the Senate’s first successful write-in candidate in more than 50 years.

Murkowski was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden in a group of four on the Senate floor.  Her supporters and staffers gathered in a nearby room to watch it on TV as she signed her name in the Senate’s official oath book.

Photo: (Left) Senator Lisa Murkowski’s family poses for photos with Vice President Joe Biden after her ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chambers.  Her parents Nancy and Frank Murkowski are to the right of Biden. Frank Murkowski served in the Senate for 22 years.   (Right) Congressman Don Young reenacts his swearing in with Speaker of the House John Boehner.