Doug Jones, D-Ala., second from left, with his wife Louise Jones, second from right, Wednesday, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
In an announcement on the State Capitol steps, Hobson, 56, outlined a platform very similar to the former Alabama chief justice's Senate campaign previous year, with an emphasis on military spending, opposition to abortion and LGBT rights and loyalty to President Donald Trump and his agenda, particularly on immigration.
Even before it was clear what committees Jones would serve on, the Alabama Democrat was already playing an outsize role. Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President Walter Mondale during her swearing-in ceremony.
Biden campaigned for Jones in Alabama past year, and soon after Jones' historic win, the Senator-elect sent out an email raising money for Biden's political action committee.
Republicans won't let that happen, giving congressional leaders two options: Either reshuffle committee assignments to bring the committee's balance back to 12 Republicans and 11 Democrats, or let the committee operate with one fewer member from each party. Rep. Terri Sewell, who campaigned with Jones across the state, is the other Democrat. Al Franken (D-MN), who left under a cloud over sexual misconduct allegations.
A handful of other moderate Democrats from red states - like Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Claire McCaskill of Missouri - could be likely allies of Jones.
Jones' decision to pick Dana Gresham would make him the only Democratic senator to have an African-American as his chief of staff. He defeated Republican Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSeth Meyers mocks Roy Moore riding a horse to vote: "Two animals not allowed in the mall" Colbert on Jones victory: 'It's a Christmas miracle!' Virginia gov on Alabama race: 'America wins.
The Alabama Secretary of State recently certified Jones as the election's victor after Moore refused to concede.
"You've got to realize that the people of Alabama think differently than people from a lot of states that a lot Democrats represent, and he's going to do his darndest to represent them", Grassley told CNN on Tuesday.
Jones faces some challenges in the Republican-controlled Senate. "The lack of diversity among top Senate staff is not caused by a complete absence of strong candidates of color". During the Republican primary earlier this fall, HRC launched direct mail, online ads, and robocalls targeting receptive voters to make them aware of Moore's extreme views.