WASHINGTON -- Miami Republican Marco Rubio became Florida's newest senator just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in a ceremony rich with tradition -- and in a town brimming with friends and supporters.
Florida's senior Sen. Bill Nelson, in Senate tradition, accompanied Rubio as he walked down the center aisle of the Senate to take the oath of office. Also standing behind Rubio as he took the oath: former Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, whom Rubio is replacing in the Senate after former Sen. George LeMieux temporarily filled in.
A serious Rubio, wearing a red, polka-dotted tie, briefly looked up as Vice President Joe Biden -- sitting as the president of the Senate -- administered the oath. He later smiled as he signed a swearing-in document. Full story here.