Senate swearing-in ceremonies are usually a formality. But this year will be different, notes Time. Nine incoming U.S. senators will face a “barrage of media,” although the cameras will focus primarily on Roland Burris, controversially appointed by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s seat, and Al Franken, whose narrow victory in Minnesota faces legal challenges from his GOP opponent.
Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet, who was appointed Saturday, will have to watch as Democrat Mark Udall officially becomes a senator. Bennet can’t be sworn in until Ken Salazar, whom he’s replacing, is confirmed as Obama’s Interior Secretary.
Bennet, 44, spent part of his first day in the nation’s capitol alone, wandering around with a hole in his shoe, according to The Denver Post.
If he wants to be confirmed, he’ll probably have to take on the 28-page questionnaire on employment history, any criminal record, and loans and back taxes, according to The New York Times.
It’s nice to be new in the House, too. But freshman Fourth Congressional District Representative Betsy Markey shouldn’t get too comfortable. She’s on The Hill‘s list of 10 most vulnerable members of Congress.