DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s newest senator has been sworn in.

Republican Cory Gardner officially became the state’s junior senator Tuesday as the 114th Congress began its session in Washington, DC. Gardner defeated Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in November’s election.

Gardner said in a statement that he was “eager to get down to business.”

Cory Gardner

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) (L) watches as Vice President Joe Biden talks to Gardner’s grandmother, Betty Pagel of Yuma, Colorado, on the phone after his ceremonial swearing in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. The 114th Congress convened on Tuesday, restoring control of both the House and Senate to the Republicans for the first time in eight years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Colorado’s senior senator is Democrat Michael Bennet. He is up for re-election in 2016 and expected to be a top target of Republicans hoping to maintain their Senate majority.

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