January 6, 2015
Today, Ben Sasse was officially sworn-in as the Junior Senator from Nebraska. The fifth-generation Nebraskan and former President of Midland University was joined by his wife, Melissa, and three young children for the ceremony in Washington, D.C.
“I am tremendously grateful for the privilege of representing Nebraskans, humbled to follow one of our state’s most distinguished public servants, Senator Mike Johanns, and committed to tackling our country’s challenges with common-sense solutions and big ideas,” said Sasse.
According to Senate tradition, Nebraska's Senior Senator, Deb Fischer, escorted Senator Sasse to Vice President Joseph Biden, who administered the oath of office on the Senate floor.
“Like most Nebraskans, I want a humble politics that has Washington do fewer things but tackle our most important challenges with greater urgency, more transparency, and less partisan shouting,” said Sasse. “When Melissa and I started this project, our motto was ‘Go big or go home’ and that’s going to be our motto every day for the next six years.”
Honoring his campaign pledge to sponsor term-limit legislation, Senator Sasse agreed to partner with Senator David Vitter (R-LA) to become an original cosponsor of a constitutional amendment to limit members of the Senate to two terms and members of the House of Representatives to three terms.
“We promised to fight Washington’s obsession with short-term popularity and permanent political incumbency from day one. I'm pleased to partner with Senator David Vitter to keep that promise and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Sasse requested and received the desk previously used by Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).