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Martha McSally Finds Special Way to Honor WWII Vets and Rep Her State in Senate Swearing-in Ceremony

Incoming Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) made history alongside Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), as the two became the first female senators from Arizona — and McSally made sure to both represent her state and honor World War II veterans during the swearing-in ceremony by using a Bible found on the U.S.S. Arizona.

“This Bible was recovered from the U.S.S. Arizona,” she noted as Vice President Mike Pence swore her in, revealing she had found a special way to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the Pearl Harbor attacks that destroyed the battleship while also giving a shoutout to her state.

The incoming senator takes the vacant seat of late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after she was appointed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey following her loss to Sinema in a battle for retiring Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) seat in November.

She looked forward to the historic moment ahead of time:

Watch the ceremony below:

McSally’s swearing-in comes as the family of McCain indicated that they weren’t too pleased with Ducey’s decision to tap her to fill the seat. In fact, the husband of Meghan McCain weighed in to say it was an “unwise choice.”

“McSally strikes me as an unwise choice for a number of reasons,” he said at the time. “She’s like an NFL team that plays down to its opponents’ level — and she’ll be tasked with running for re-election immediately.”

President Donald Trump, however, has remained a big fan of McSally, endorsing her in the 2018 midterm elections:

A veteran herself, Vice President Mike Pence also praised her on the campaign trail, calling her an “advocate for America’s veterans” and appearing alongside her at a rally:

While McSally ultimately lost to Sinema, even though her opponent came under fire for repeatedly trashing her own state, she still joins a freshman class of Republican senators ready to fight for Trump’s agenda — despite some outliers.

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