Cory Booker Tweets Through First Day as a Senator

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Cory Booker Tweets Through First Day as a Senator

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Cory Booker Tweets Through First Day as a Senator (ABC News)

Cory Booker took off his hat as mayor of Newark, N.J., and officially became a U.S. Senator today.

Booker, well known for his heroic antics and affinity for Twitter, was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden Thursday afternoon after winning a special election to fill the seat of former Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who passed away this summer.

In typical Booker fashion, the former Newark Mayor tweeted in the lead up to his swearing-in.

10 mins to swearing in. Still in holding room. The bible I'm using is one given to me by my mother & family for my 2006 Mayoral swearing in.

- Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 31, 2013

Sitting here in holding room before swearing in, prepping 4 the work ahead, listening to my mother & new Chief of Staff bond #BothGreatMoms

- Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 31, 2013

Yes, I hope the VP doesn't call me "Gory BOOker" MT @ewallwice3: Spooky day to be sworn in? Either way, congrats! They need you in DC.

- Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 31, 2013

And Booker got right to work. Immediately after taking the oath as a senator, Booker cast votes in favor of invoking cloture on two controversial nominees - Mel Watt to be the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Patricia Millett to be the U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Republicans ultimately filibustered each of the nominations, which failed to move on.

Booker's entry in the Senate increases the Democrat's control to 55-45. Following the death of Lautenberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appointed long-time friend and former N.J. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, a Republican, to fill the vacancy.

This was his first tweet since officially being sworn in:

"Its not titles that honor men but men that honor titles." Thank U NJ & all that put trust in me. I'll work everyday 2 honor this new office

- Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 31, 2013

Thursday afternoon, Booker, who is now one of two African Americans in the U.S. Senate, met privately with President Obama at the White House.

And Booker, who enters the Senate at a time when Washington is more divided than ever - started his day by passing on a little inspiration and, perhaps, hints of bipartisanship (on Twitter, of course):

Look for bad in others & U will find it. Look for good in others & U will be doubly rewarded: U will find it in them & reveal it in yourself

- Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 31, 2013

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