Washington, D.C. – There's a new senator on Capitol Hill. Doctor John Barrasso was sworn in as Wyoming's junior senator Monday afternoon. The conservative Republican surgeon was appointed by the state's governor to fill the seat of Senator Craig Thomas.
Thomas died earlier this month while being treated for leukemia. Barrasso had been serving as a state senator. He kept quiet on major issues during public appearances on the Hill today. He brushed off questions about how he would vote on a hotly-debated immigration measure, calling it "a day to celebrate" with family and friends. Votes on immigration and federal funding of embryonic stem cell research are on the Senate agenda in the coming days, but for right now Barrasso is focusing on immediate needs. They include getting credentials and learning how to set up his office.