Roland Burris will be taking over for President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.
Senate Democrats accepted Roland as Barack’s successor on Monday, and they told the Associated Press that they expect to get the new Illinois senator sworn in sometime this week.
Roland said in a televised interview that he didn’t doubt he would be seated, according to Livesteez.com. "It was just a matter of going through the process and making sure that the Senate rules were abided by," he said, according to The Huffington Post.
This decision is a complete turnaround from last week, when Senate Dems rejected Roland’s appointment to the seat.
They said Roland wouldn’t get it because he was picked by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who has since been arrested on charges that he actually tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White had to certify Roland’s appointment after a court ruled that his appointment letter was legally filed with the state, Reuters.com reports.
"He is now the senator-designate from Illinois and, as such, will be accorded all the rights and privileges of a senator-elect," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said in a joint statement.
At a press conference in Chicago, Roland said he was honored and humbled to be the next junior senator. "I am thankful for the opportunity to serve," he said, according to the AP.
– Sonya Eskridge
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