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Senate's 16 new members arrive on Capitol Hill: Who are they?

Starting this Monday, the Senate welcomes 16 fresh faces to the Capitol’s marbled halls. While they won’t be sworn into office until January, these newly-elected members – three Democrats and 13 Republicans – come to Washington to tour the buildings, learn rules of decorum, and meet with their future coworkers. The new Senators come largely from open seats where both parties had a new candidate on the ticket and include a handful of tea partyers.

Republican Sen.-elect Kelly Ayotte thanks New Hampshire supporters in Manchester, N.H., on Nov. 3.
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Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s former attorney general, Kelly Ayotte defeated Democratic congressman Paul Hodes in the race for Republican Judd Gregg’s vacated seat. Ms. Ayotte won by a 23.5 percentage point margin. She is endorsed by the National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee.

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