On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid welcomed Cory Booker to Congress' upper chamber in a swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Booker takes office after a special election to fill out the remaining year of late Sen. Fred Lautenberg, who passed away in June.
Since becoming mayor of Newark in 2006, Booker has become a rising star in the Democratic Party. He's known for his random acts of kindness during snow storms and for his incessant use of Twitter to connect with constituents. He has now become the first African American to represent the Senate in New Jersey as well as the second black senator serving in the 113th Congress.
Booker, a Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law School graduate, has had a lot of experience with the rough and tumble of politics, which may help him as he enters what some consider a challenging time for U.S. lawmakers as they try to come to compromise on issues that affect the economic and social future of the country.
The first mayoral campaign for the native of New Jersey was a fierce battle over political turf and was chronicled in the Marshall Curry's 2005 documentary film "Street Fight." The film takes viewers on the campaign trail and even into Booker's self-described messy apartment to help us understand Booker's decision to pursue a career in public service.
Check out the trailer now.