By Zach Hester, Reporter • firstname.lastname@example.org
PICTURED (L to R): U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) being sworn-in as a United States Senator on Sunday with his wife, Suzanne, at his side. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to all incoming U.S. Senators. (Photo by U.S. Senate Photographic Services)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday, January 3, Alabama’s new U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) was formally sworn-in to office by Vice President Mike Pence.
“The opportunity to serve the State of Alabama is a blessing, and I plan to come to work every day with the guiding principle to fight for our conservative values and defend the freedoms that make American the greatest country on the face of the Earth,” said Tuberville in a statement following his swearing-in.
Tuberville was escorted to the Senator chambers by Alabama’s longtime Republican Senator Richard Shelby.
Prior to entering politics in 2019, Tuberville served as a football coach throughout the country, but most famously as the Head Coach of the Auburn University Tigers.
“I’ve worked hard throughout my life to be an accessible, responsive, and vocal leader. The people of Alabama sent a football coach to Washington because they wanted a fighter who would uphold and protect the Constitution. They can rest assured that I’m going to wake up every day with one mission — to speak for the people of Alabama.”
Tuberville’s road to politics led through two difficult races. The first, a Republican primary and runoff election against former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which he won handily last summer. The general election saw Tuberville unseat incumbent Democrat Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who won a 2017 special election to succeed Sessions when he was appointed U.S. Attorney General under President Donald Trump.
Tuberville is joined as a freshman Senator by fellow “newbies,” ill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.). California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will also join the freshman class of U.S. Senators when he is sworn-in to replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the coming weeks.