Cory Booker Sworn In As US SenatorBy: Tobias Roth - November 1, 2013
Cory Booker has officially left his old job as mayor of Newar, NJ, and has become only the second African American to be elected to the Senate since Barack Obama. Booker has already gained a quite a celebrity status as the Newark Mayor, and he is viewed as a hero of the people.
He was sworn in yesterday, after winning a special election in mid-October to fill the seat of Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died in June. Cory Booker has been called the “Rock Star Mayor” by Oprah Winfrey and on the day he was sworn into office, the new senator already had 1.4 million followers on twitter.
Booker was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden, as his friends and family members, including his mother, brother, and talk show host Gayle King, who is a close friend, looked on from the Senate gallery. He told reporters after the ceremony “This is a really special day for me, and I’m really blown away.”
Senator Harry Reid also gave a welcoming statement to the new Senator Booker when saying “I urge my fellow senators, Democrats and Republicans, to get to know this good man. We are fortunate to have him here.”
Cory Booker is 44-years-old, and grew up in suburban Harrington Park, NJ. He has said that New Jersey residents have told him to work on economic issues, including New Jersey’s high foreclosure and unemployment rates. He has been showered with advice on what to do as a Senator, and plans to take the best of it.
The Newark Mayor rocketed to celebrity status dealing with celebrities, and bringing millions in philanthropic money into the city. For example, he persuaded Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to donate $100 million to Newark’s school system in 2010. As a result, Zuckerberg continued to help out by hosting a fundraiser for Booker’s campaign earlier this year.
Booker also had quite an incredible story as mayor when he rescued a woman from a fire in 2012. Whether Cory Booker is looked at as a superhero or a rockstar, he has now become the Democratic Senator from his home state of New Jersey. He is already looked at with celebrity status at his first day on the job, and is being treated unlike other senators.
Cory Booker is very humble and wants to help the people of New Jersey on the issues that truly matter. He is also one that understands how politics works and does not want to get caught up in it in the wrong way, asserting this fact by saying “Don’t let the Senate change you. Try to change the Senate.”