Class Is Now In Session: 112th Congress Sworn In

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1||The 112th Congress was sworn in Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Milestones were reached, pomp abounded, and extended families posed for photos to mark the occasion.

Here, Vice President Joe Biden swears in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), whom many thought was doomed to defeat in the midterm elections last year. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

2||New Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

3||Biden and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)–who won reelection through a write-in bid after being defeated in the Republican primary–pose with shirts showing Murkowski’s name spelled out with pictures. The Murkowski campaign took several wry steps aimed at teaching Alaskans how to correctly spell the Senator’s last name. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

4||Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

5||Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), the most senior Senator in the current Congress, and the second longest serving Senator in history. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

6||Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) became the longest serving female Senator in history with her return to Congress this year. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

7||Speaker Boehner with Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

8||Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) rode Tea Party support to a surprising primary win and ultimately a seat in Congress. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

9||Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was another Tea Party favorite in 2010. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

10||A member of Rep. Bobby Schilling’s (R-IL) extended family was hesitant to pile in for a photo. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

11||Speaker Boehner tried to compromise with her… ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

12||But she was having none of it. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

13||Ultimately, another family member held the girl to get her in the shot. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL), who ran a pizza shop before being elected to Congress, stands at center in the red tie. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

14||Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) ousted progressive champion Russ Feingold. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

15||Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who is speculated to be mulling a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

16||Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), who handily defeated Blanche Lincoln to claim her Senate seat. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

17||Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), second from left. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&
18||Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

19||Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

20||Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) riled some member of his party by endorsing long shot candidates–like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware–over the GOP favorites. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

21||Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

22||Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

23||Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

24||Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

25||Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

26||Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ), son of former Vice President Dan Quayle. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

27||Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

28||Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

29||Rep. Peter King (R-NY) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

30||Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

31||Former Real World star turned politician, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

32||Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

33||Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

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