U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd was sworn in Thursday and began his record ninth term as a senator from West Virginia.
The West Virginia Democrat was sworn in at noon in Washington, D.C., along with 32 other senators.
Byrd says he is grateful for West Virginians' support and he is excited about the new term.
Byrd had with him Wednesday the two books he says have served as a bedrock for his service, the United States Constitution and the
King James Bible.
Byrd says he is excited about the new session of Congress.
With the Democrats regaining control, Byrd will again serve as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
He says he wants to create jobs for workers across the country.
He also plans to work on a bipartisan approach to ending America's involvement in Iraq.
Byrd has criticized the war from the beginning.
He says he's concerned about the families of U.S. soldiers and the families of people in Iraq, and he wants to see the U.S. get out.