Specter Moves to Democratic Side of Senate Chamber

Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) saw his party switch become more official today when his “desk was moved from the Republican to the Democratic side of the aisle,” Congressional Quarterly reports.

The five-term Pennsylvania senator, as one of the chamber’s most senior members, had sat in the second row of the center-most Republican desks, immediately behind Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona. As the eighth most senior Democrat, his desk now sits in the second row of the center-most section of the majority party’s desks, behind Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois.

Specter now shares a row with Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator ever, and sits between Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, just over Durbin’s right shoulder.

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