Martin Heinrich was sworn into the U.S. Senate position on Thursday, while Michelle Lujan-Grisham was sworn in as the newest U.S. Representative from New Mexico.
Heinrich was in the 1st Congressional District position since 2009. He won election by beating former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson in the general election this November.
Lujan Grisham easily won election to replace Heinrich, defeated Janice Arnold-Jones in the November election. Lujan Grisham had previously served as a Bernalillo County Commissioner.
The two won’t get much time to settle into their new offices or positions before being put the to the test with big votes.
Votes on Hurricane Sandy relief, the renewal of the Violence Against Women’s Act, other big-ticket items will be on tap in the coming weeks.
In addition to the two members in new positions, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Rep. Steve Pearce were sworn in after winning reelection. Sen. Tom Udall remains a U.S. Senator; his position is up for reelection in 2014.
Video off Senate Democrats’ YouTube page of Heinrich and others being sworn in:
Video from C-SPAN of Speaker of the House John Boehner swearing in the 113th Congress.
Photo of Heinrich and family walking to swearing-in ceremony courtesy of Heinrich’s office