Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill waits to certify the results of the 2017 Special Election for U.S. Senator, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Two new Democrats will be sworn in to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, narrowing the Republican majority and complicating efforts by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to advance the White House's legislative agenda before the November midterm elections.Doug Jones, the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in a quarter century, is one of two new members who will take the oath of office on the Senate floor at noon. Before the Senate seat belonged to Sessions, it belonged to the man Jones considered his mentor, the late Sen. Howell Heflin.Heflin was the last Democrat to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate.Jones plans to place one of Heflin's cigar boxes in his office.Jones said former Vice President Joe Biden, who headlined Jones' campaign kickoff rally, and former Attorney General Eric Holder are expected to be among his guests Wednesday.
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