Senator Mark Kirk is applauded by members of the House and Senate as he stands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on his return to the U.S. Senate after suffering a stroke, January 3, 2013.
Women members of Congress gather in front of the Capitol, Washington, January 3, 2013.
Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate Oath during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began.
New Senator Angus King speaks to reporters after the swearing-in ceremony, January 3, 2013.
Minority Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi speaks to reporters outside the Capitol, January 3, 2013.
Family members of Sentors and Representatives are greeted by Vice President Joe Biden, January 3, 2013.