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  •  Because Mazie Hirono just went through (8+ / 0-)

    the process of running for a Senate seat. I'd assume they'd daily any swearing in for January 3rd. It's just one of those things.

    20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

    by ndrwmls10 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 09:49:30 AM PST

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    •  I agree. I think appointment and swearing in (10+ / 0-)

      by Biden should make sure that Hirono goes first. She's the one that is Democratically elected and has the mandate of more than two people. She should be the senior senator.

      •  Either way, we need her there day 1 (4+ / 0-)

        to help re-write the filibuster rules.

        Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

        by bear83 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:49:07 AM PST

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      •  If they're sworn in on the same day (5+ / 0-)

        Hirono wins anyway, on account of her longer term of service in the House.

        You don't fight the fights you can win. You fight the fights that need fighting. -President Andrew Sheppard (D-Wisconsin)

        by Gpack3 on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:58:05 AM PST

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      •  I would guess that it's in the order of (0+ / 0-)

        having been elected or selected, putting Hirono first.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 02:21:40 PM PST

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      •  Seniority (1+ / 0-)
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        if they are sworn in on the same day, the criteria for seniority are fixed. A senator's seniority is primarily determined by length of continuous service. Because more than one new senator usually joins at the beginning of a new Congress, there are eight tiebreakers:
         1.Former U.S. senator
         2.Former U.S. representative
         3.Former president
         4.Former vice president
         5.Former Cabinet member
         6.Former state governor
         7.Population of state based on the most recent census when the senator took office
         8.Alphabetical by last name (in case two senators came from the same state on the same day and have identical credentials)

        When more than one senator has served in the same previous role, length of time in office is used to break the tie. As Hirono was first elected to the House in 2006 and Hanabusa in 2010, this would mean that if both are sworn in on the same day, Hirono ranks higher.

        Obama-Biden in 2012: four more years!

        by Frederik on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 04:51:26 AM PST

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    •  Jan 3 isn't a "hard & fast" (2+ / 0-)
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      deadline.  Some Senators have resigned/retired between the election and the next congress to allow their successor to take the seat early and gain seniority over the other incoming freshmen.  IIRC John Tower did this for Phil Gramm back in the '80's

      “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

      by markdd on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 11:08:05 AM PST

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      •  Doesn't work anymore (1+ / 0-)
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        Yes but the rules were changed in the 90s to prevent that so that trick doesn't work anymore. Plus when the senate is in recess, they still have to wait until January.

        Obama-Biden in 2012: four more years!

        by Frederik on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 04:54:40 AM PST

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