On the first day of the 113th Congress Thursday, Tim Kaine took the oath of office, officially taking the title of Sen. Tim Kaine.
Kaine and his family participated in a re-enactment Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's Old Senate Chamber with Vice President Joe Biden officiating. Kaine's wife, Ann Holton, held a bible. The vice president swears in new Senators and re-elected Senators at the start of each Congress.
The official swearing-in took place earlier on the Senate floor.
Kaine, a Democrat, was elected Nov. 6 to the U.S. Senate representing Virginia, and will serve alongside Sen. Mark Warner (D). Both Kaine and Warner are former governors of Virginia.
Kaine, 54, was Virginia's governor from 2006 to 2010. Prior to that, he was Virginia's lieutenant governor and mayor of Richmond.
For more on Kaine's vision for Virginia and the United States, and what he hopes to accomplish in his first term as U.S. Senator, see these Patch stories:
Sen.-Elect Tim Kaine Receives Committee Assignments (December 2012)
Allen Concedes; Kaine Wins Senate Race in Virginia (November 2012)
Kaine takes the seat previously occupied by Democrat Sen. Jim Webb, who retired from the Senate after one term.
C-SPAN covered the swearing-in event live. A video of the event can be found on C-SPAN's Web site here.
Patch editor Beth Lawton contributed to this article.