Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will sit on the Senate Commerce Committee. Booker, the former mayor of Newark and a rising star in his party, was sworn in Thursday morning by Vice President Joe Biden.
Booker, 44, replaces Sen. Jeff Chiesa, the Republican who was appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie following the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Booker handily won a Oct. 16 special election and will serve out Lautenberg's term, which ends in 2014.
In welcoming Booker to the commerce committee, which has jurisdiction over media and telecommunications issues, chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said Booker brings a "keen understanding of several key issues before the committee, such as the fundamental role communications networks, technological advances, and transportation systems play in peoples' lives. These objectives are a perfect fit for a senator with more than a million Twitter followers," Rockefeller said.
Now that he's in the Senate, Booker is sure to pick up a few more fans on the social network.