That's 'Senator Obama,' Now
Washington, DC – Barack Obama will become a U.S. Senator today (Tuesday).
A new Congress will convene today and Obama, 43, is among those freshmen who will be sworn-in.
Obama says he's gotten a lot of attention, despite the fact that he hasn't accomplished anything on Capitol Hill yet. He says his party has lost sight of its values and continues to let Republicans stereotype Democrats and define their dogma. Obama adds he'll urge his colleagues to work together.
Obama easily defeated Republican Alan Keyes in the November election and gained national fame when he gave the keynote speech at last summer's Democratic National Convention.
Republican U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald opted against running for re-election.