Democrats Tina Smith of Minnesota and Doug Jones of Alabama sworn in as senators, GOP majority narrows

WASHINGTON (Valley New Live) Two former vice presidents stood beside the Senate's newest senators on the Senate floor as the two Democrats took their oaths of office.

Former Vice President Joseph Biden was next to Alabama Democrat Doug Jones as he was sworn in Wednesday.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale - himself a former Minnesota senator - stood next to Tina Smith.

Swearing the newcomers into office was the current vice president, Mike Pence.

Jones attracted national attention and gave his party a boost of election-year momentum when he defeated conservative GOP candidate Roy Moore in last month's special election in Alabama.

Smith was her state's lieutenant governor when Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton appointed her to replace Sen. Al Franken. He resigned after a series of sexual harassment accusations.