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In a ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 3, the opening day of the 117th Congress, John Hickenlooper was sworn in as U.S. Senator serving Colorado.

New U.S. Senator, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Pool Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post.

He issued the following statement after taking the oath of office administered by Vice President Mike Pence:

“It’s an honor to be sworn in today to represent the great state of Colorado in the United States Senate. I’m grateful for the trust and faith Coloradans have placed in me, and looking forward to bringing your voices to Washington to tackle our country’s most pressing issues.”

“The challenges ahead are grave, but with hard work, common sense, and collaboration we can move forward together and emerge from this pandemic more resilient,” he added. “We’re excited to get to work and deliver for Coloradans in every corner of the state.”

Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor, and a former Denver Mayor, small businessman and geologist, has a record of collaboration in this state. His many supporters say he has spent the last twenty years bringing people together to find solutions to challenges facing Colorado and is excited to continue that work in Washington.

Senators serve six-year terms of office. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, took the oath of office on Sunday alongside his wife Robin and son Teddy. He joins U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (Democrat) representing Colorado in the U.S. Senate.

The video of his swearing in is available on C-span here: