HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's first woman senator was sworn in with the new Congress on Thursday.
Mazie Hirono, who served three terms in the U.S. House after first winning election in 2006, is succeeding Daniel Akaka, who retired from the Senate after 22 years.
Hirono joins Sen. Brian Schatz, who was sworn in last week to succeed the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, who died Dec. 17.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, stands for a ceremonial photo with Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol after the new 113th Congress convened on Thursday in Washington. The official oath of office for all members was administered earlier in the House chamber.
Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat whose district includes Maui County, was sworn in to the House. Gabbard is a former Honolulu City Council member and Iraq war veteran. At 31, she will be one of the youngest members of Congress.