WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAZ) -- Surrounded by his family and colleagues, Joe Manchin was sworn-in Monday to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Robert C. Byrd.
"Getting sworn in on that floor -- the historical event that it is, and being able to represent the wonderful state of West Virginia and all the people in my state at the highest level now on the national scene -- it's just overwhelming," Senator Joe Manchin said.
With his transition from the West Virginia Governor's Office to the Senate floor complete, Manchin says he's ready to get to work.
"The biggest thing I'm working on is bringing people together," Manchin said. "We did it in West Virginia. Republicans and Democrats, put our country first."
Manchin admits he has a hard act to follow.
"I can't fill Senator Byrd's shoes," Manchin said. "I can maybe follow in his footsteps. If I can do that, I'll be a good person. I'm just anxious to do the best I can and work as hard as I can for every West Virginian."
Manchin has already begun orientation for his new role in the senate.
His term expires in 2012.