LeMieux Sworn in As Florida’s New Republican Senator

September 10, 2009 - 3:21 PM
George LeMieux is Florida's newest senator.
Washington (AP) - George LeMieux is Florida's newest senator.
 
LeMieux was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden Thursday afternoon, replacing Republican Sen. Mel Martinez.
 
LeMieux took his oath after having a policy meeting with his staff and lunch with his wife.
 
He takes the office one day after watching Martinez give his farewell speech. Martinez later introduced LeMieux to his new Republican colleagues at a Senate lunch.
 
LeMieux said he is willing to listen and learn as the Senate takes up issues like a major health care overhaul.
 
LeMieux was appointed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. He's Crist's former chief of staff and the governor's closest political adviser.