Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) was sworn in on Tuesday, rounding out the ranks of the Senate.
Senator-Elect Rick Scott (R-FL) was sworn into Senate by VP Pence after completing his term as Florida Governor today. Scott defeated Democrat Senator Bill Nelson in fall election and is 100th Senator in Senate of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and 2 Independents. pic.twitter.com/lYPkDrbgUc— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 8, 2019
Among those present for Scott’s swearing-in by Vice President Pence on Tuesday were three Republican former senators from Florida: Connie Mack III, Mel Martinez and George LeMieux.
Scott’s successor in the Florida governor’s mansion, Republican Ron DeSantis, was sworn in to office Tuesday morning, with Scott in attendance.
Scott arrives in Washington at a moment when the partial government shutdown is on its third week, as President Trump has refused to sign a spending bill that does not fund a wall that he repeatedly vowed would be financed by Mexico.
During an interview Friday with The Washington Post, Scott said the shutdown was regrettable. But he offered no specific solution for breaking the impasse and would not say whether he agreed with Trump’s position.
Sean Sullivan contributed to this report.