U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and his wife Annie Coons recreate the swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Mike Pence in the Old Senate Chamber at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 3, 2021. A ban on photography in the Senate Chamber has led to alternate ways of capturing Senate oath-taking ceremonies. Following the restoration of the Old Senate Chamber in the 1970s, reenactment ceremonies have been held in that historical setting. (U.S. Senate photo by Dan Rios/Released).

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement after being sworn in to his third term in the United States Senate today.

"It was an honor to be sworn in today to represent the people of Delaware for another term in the U.S. Senate. I am grateful for the chance to continue working with my colleagues, as well as the incoming Biden-Harris administration, to move Delaware forward and expand opportunities for people throughout our state.

"With the COVID pandemic raging across our country and our nation deeply divided, we face pressing challenges – from recovering from a public health crisis and building back our economy to addressing structural racism and combatting climate change. I will keep working to overcome these challenges by seeking common ground and working together with my colleagues to pass real solutions that will make a difference in the lives of Delawareans."