Groundbreaking

Catherine Cortez Masto, 1st ever Latina U.S. senator, sworn into office

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) participates in a reenacted swearing-in in Washington, DC. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto officially became the first Latina and Mexican-American woman to be sworn into the U.S. Senate. Escorted by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who preceded her in representing Nevada, Cortez Masto took the oath in front of Vice President Joe Biden, alongside three other senators. “It’s about time,” Cortez Masto said later, outside the Senate chamber. “I have always said it’s important to have diversity in the United States Senate.” Cortez Masto was accompanied by several family members, including her mother Joanna, who was told by the ever-charming vice president that she looked young enough to be Cortez Masto’s sister. “It’s the most amazing day of our lives. I’ve waited a long time for this. I’m not disappointed,” her mother said.

Read the full story at NBC News.

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