WASHINGTON (CBS4) – Senator John Hickenlooper was sworn in as a Colorado Junior Senator on Sunday as the 117th Congress began in Washington DC. The Democrat, along with other lawmakers, took the oath of office in both chambers, the procedures of which have been changed to reflect COVID-19 precautions.

It is an honor to be sworn in as a U.S. Senator from Colorado. I am ready to go right now and make Washington work for our state.

Now let’s get to work! pic.twitter.com/8wQzkQd5ju

– Senator John Hickenlooper (@SenatorHick) January 3, 2021

In November, Hickenlooper defeated incumbent Republican Senator Cory Gardner in the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Colorado. He spent eight years as governor of Colorado after first entering the political scene as mayor of Denver. He then ran for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020, but dropped out early due to the poor election numbers and opted for the Senate instead.

Senator John Hickenlooper with his family in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill on Sunday. (Image Credit: PETE MAROVICH / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

During his tenure as governor, he oversaw 13 federally declared disasters resulting from forest fires and historic floods, the Great Recession, and the Aurora Theater shooting.

Hickenlooper has a reputation for being a consensus builder credited with rebuilding the Colorado economy from one of the worst in the nation to one of the best for job creation when he left. He used this style to bring the fracking factions to the table and negotiate the country’s first methane trapping rule. Hickenlooper also set up a task force to help build regulations to avoid voting actions.

J – O – H – NH – I – C – K – E – N – L – O – O – P – E – R.

Took a minute to get it all done but proud to make it official! pic.twitter.com/uXwNMVPWyV

– Senator John Hickenlooper (@SenatorHick) January 3, 2021

But he also filed lawsuits against cities that banned fracking and fought for tax increases for education and transport.

Senator John Hickenlooper, a Democrat from central Colorado, wears a protective mask as he is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence (left) in the U.S. Capitol on January 3.

Senator John Hickenlooper, a Democrat from Colorado, wears a protective mask as he is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo Credit: Pete Marovich / New York Times / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Hickenlooper’s list of achievements in Colorado includes tuition fees for DREAMers, civil unions for same-sex couples, and an extension to Medicaid.

Geology brought Hickenlooper to Colorado, but when that didn’t work out, he joined the group that opened one of the state’s first craft breweries, Wynkoop Brewing.

Watch John Hickenlooper deliver his acceptance speech in the Senate in November 2020:

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