Mike Rounds Sworn Into Office Tuesday In Washington

First Time In 50 Years South Dakota Has All-Republican Congressional Delegation

South Dakota’s former two-term governor and newest U.S. senator Mike Rounds has been sworn into office, making the state’s congressional delegation all Republican for the first time in more than 50 years.

Rounds took his oath of office Tuesday morning as his counterpart John Thune looked on in the Senate chamber. He joins Republican majorities in both chambers, and he will sit at the historic desk of former Sen. Peter Norbeck.

Rounds will serve on the Armed Services Committee; the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Veterans Affairs Committee.

Rounds beat three opponents on Nov. 4 to replace retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. The first piece of legislation he will support is a measure to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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