Mr. Brown comes to Washington

By: Kathy Kiely,

Good morning. By day’s end, Massachusetts will have its first Republican senator in more than three decades.

That would be Scott Brown, the up-until-recently little known state lawmaker whose out-of-nowhere victory in last month’s special election upended the political landscape. More about that below.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to certify the results of the Jan. 19 special election this morning in Boston, setting the stage for Brown to take office. Senate leaders are planning a swearing-in ceremony for 5 p.m. at the Capitol. Look for Vice President Joe Biden to do the honors.

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