Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate following the swearing-in of Illinois Senator Roland Burris:
“There are many paths to the United States Senate. It is fair to say that the path that brought our new colleague from Illinois to us was unique.
“Whatever complications surrounded his appointment, we made it clear from the beginning – both publicly and privately – that our concern was never with him.
“I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Senator Burris until last week. I found him to be engaging, gracious and firm in his commitment to become a good and effective United States Senator.
“Given the uncertainty around his appointment, all of his statements and actions – again, both publicly and privately – reflected a strong character that will serve him well as he begins his service to the people of Illinois.
“Senator Burris, on behalf of all Senators, we welcome you as a colleague and a friend.”