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Rep. Edward J. Markey has hopes of joining fellow Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the Senate after declaring Thursday he will run to fill the seat of John F. Kerry, who is widely expected to be confirmed as President Obama’s next secretary of state. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Edward J. Markey has hopes of joining fellow Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren in the Senate after declaring Thursday he will run to fill the seat of John F. Kerry, who is widely expected to be confirmed as President Obama’s next secretary of state. (Associated Press)

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Edward Kennedy Jr., son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, applauds during a campaign event in Boston for Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, second from left, speaks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, right, before the lying in state of Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the second-longest-serving senator in history, in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Inouye was a Medal of Honor recipient who represented his state in the U.S. House and then the Senate, where he served for five decades. He died Monday evening at age 88 of respiratory complications. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, second from left, speaks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, right, before the lying in state of Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the second-longest-serving senator in history, in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Inouye was a Medal of Honor recipient who represented his state in the U.S. House and then the Senate, where he served for five decades. He died Monday evening at age 88 of respiratory complications. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is the Senate majority leader.

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Congratulatory public cards for Rep. Tim Scott’s appointment to the Senate were a favorite of many well-wishers. This one is from the National Republican Congressional Committee. (National Republican Congressional Committee)

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During a press conference to discuss the fiscal cliff negotiations and other unfinished legislation, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., reminds his Senate colleagues to help him to get federal disaster assistance to help the people of New York recover from Hurricane Sandy, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. From left to right are Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., second from left, accompanied by fellow Senate Democratic leaders, pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, to discuss the stalled fiscal cliff negotiations and other unfinished business in the Senate. From left are, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Reid, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., listens at left as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, to discuss the stalled fiscal cliff negotiations and other unfinished business in the Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., discusses the Senate's upcoming votes on judicial nominations during a news conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday, May 24, 2005. In the back ground are Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., center, and Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (center), Kentucky Republican, steps off the Senate floor at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, before speaking with reporters following a GOP strategy luncheon. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, gestures as he takes a call in his office before the jobs bill cloture vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. A bipartisan jobs bill cleared a GOP filibuster with critical momentum provided by the Senate's newest Republican, Sen. Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., discusses the Senate's upcoming votes on judicial nominations during a news conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday, May 24, 2005. In the back ground are Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., center, and Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

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Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner (left) enters the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, to meet with House and Senate leaders to discuss the looming "fiscal cliff." (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner (left) enters the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, to meet with House and Senate leaders to discuss the looming "fiscal cliff." (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner enters the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, on his way to a meeting with House and Senate leaders to discuss the looming "fiscal cliff." (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas is one of several tea partyers elected to serve in the new Congress, which welcomes 12 rookie members of the Senate and at least 81 new House members. (Associated Press)