Democratic senator-elect from Arizona Mark Kelly will be sworn in on Wednesday a senior Democratic aide told The Hill.
Kelly defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Martha McSally in the November 3rd elections. Arizona certified their results on Monday.
Kelly will join fellow democratic senator from Arizona Krysten Sinema, making this the first time in 67 years that the state will be represented in the United States Senate by two democrats.
With Kelly in the Senate, the Republican majority shrinks by one, 52-48. According to The Hill this would significantly impact the confirmation of Judy Shelton, Donald Trump’s nominee to the Federal Reserve Board. Three Republican senators, Romney, Collins and Alexander oppose Shelton and once Kelly is sworn in, she will not have the votes unless McConnell can convince one of the three Republican senators to change their mind.
In addition to Kelly, Democrats also flipped a senate seat in Colorado. Republicans flipped a seat in Alabama.
The fate of the senate rests in Georgia with their two runoff elections in January. Republicans just need to win one of the two seats to regain their majority while Democrats must sweep both seats.