Published January 03. 2013 1:00PM Updated January 03. 2013 2:50PM
Hartford (AP) — Chris Murphy has taken the oath of office to become Connecticut's newest U.S. senator, replacing the retiring Joe Lieberman.
The Democrat on Thursday was escorted down the center aisle of the Senate by Sen. Richard Blumenthal to take the oath from Vice President Joe Biden. He later signed the Senate's Oath Book, which contains the names of all senators.
Murphy told The Associated Press before the ceremony he was thrilled to walk with Blumenthal, calling him an example to his generation of public servants of someone to look up to and admire. Blumenthal now becomes the state's senior senator.
The 39-year-old Murphy will be the youngest member of the Senate. He and his wife have two young sons.
The former 5th District congressman defeated Republican Linda McMahon in November.