The Senate freshmen have made it through the first year of their six-year terms, and they've learned a lot about the world's greatest deliberative body in their roughly 14 months in office.
The cohort of newcomers, 12 Republicans and one Democrat, had a year-long lesson in Senate procedures and traditions, and many said they learned the importance of relationship-building in a chamber where a single senator has the power to stop proceedings. And they also had some good times along the way. Here are a few of their memories from year one: Cheer Up, Charlie: "Getting sworn in is just an amazing day," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. But not everyone was so happy about it. She stood with her immediate family for the ceremonial swearing-in with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., and her grandson, Charlie, who was around one and half at the time was sleeping. When they woke him up to take pictures, he began to cry, and Biden tried unsuccessfully to cheer him up.