Doug Jones will enter the Senate on Wednesday as the Democrat who did the impossible - he won his seat in Republican-dominated Alabama. "You just got to thaw people out", he said, as he whisked from one Capitol Hill meeting to another with his wife, Louise, by his side. Hatch's move opens the door to a potential run by Mitt Romney, the Republican's unsuccessful 2012 presidential nominee and one of the party's top critics of Trump.
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Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama is greeted by a supporter after his victory December 12. Jay Rockefeller (Democrat of West Virginia), will be legislative director.
In a statement, Torrie Matous, a Roby campaign spokeswoman, said in the face of Democratic energy going into the 2018 midterms, it was "critical to nominate a responsible conservative who can keep this vital seat in Republicans' hands".
They will narrow the Republican majority to 51-49.
"Hiring at least one person of color to your senior staff in Washington would speak loudly, and we ask that you do so among the qualified applicants that you will receive", letter, which written on behalf of the 17 groups, said.
Jones, who is scheduled to be sworn in Wednesday, named Dana Gresham, a former assistant secretary for governmental affairs at the Department of Transportation, as his chief of staff. Gresham, a Birmingham native, also served as chief of staff for former Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala.
Jones, 63, became the most junior member of the Senate, just behind Smith.