Burris Sworn in as Senator

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2009 1:35 PM CST
Burris meets with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Roland Burris was sworn in and seated in the Senate today as the junior senator from Illinois. Democrats had been loath to accept an appointee of Rod Blagojevich's, but the continued hubbub around the former Illinois AG was seen as a distraction. And Burris’ heroic attempts to get his credentials in order made his confirmation more palatable, the Hill reports.