Sen. Bob Corker takes oath of office

Sen. Bob Corker was sworn into his second term in the U.S. Senate Thursday, the result of his blowout victory over a disavowed Democratic opponent in last year’s election.

Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor, was administered the oath with a group of three of his fellow senators by Vice President Joe Biden. Corker took his oath with Sen. Lamar Alexander standing behind him and later retook a ceremonial oath as his wife, Elizabeth, held the Bible in the Old Senate Chamber.

Following the ceremony, Corker’s office issued a statement saying he considered his work as a lawmaker “a tremendous privilege.”

“There is no question we face historic challenges that require both parties to work together, most significant of which is putting our country’s fiscal house in order by restoring solvency to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and I remain committed to offering meaningful solutions for these and other important issues,” Corker said.

Later this year, the senator is expected to assume the top GOP position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.