WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Republican Richard Burr received congratulations from President George W. Bush and welcomed an important visitor Wednesday after winning North Carolina's U.S. Senate race against Democrat Erskine Bowles.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist flew to Winston-Salem early Wednesday to offer his congratulations and work orders.
"The real purpose of my being here is to thank the people of North Carolina for sending Richard Burr to the Senate. He'll join another fine senator from North Carolina, Sen. Elizabeth Dole," said Frist, R-Tennessee.
Burr received a card with important Senate phone numbers and a baseball cap that shows he is part of the Class of 2005.
"We've got a lot to do in four years and that will be what we focus on in the short term from the standpoint of the magnitude of what we've got to do. I welcome the chance to work with Sen. Frist," Burr said.
Frist says Republicans will have an operational majority in the Senate, not just an organizational one.
U.S. senators are responsible for confirming judicial nominees. Frist said judicial appointments and issues like overall tax simplification will be top priorities for the 109th Congress.
Burr's staffers said he is worn out, but will spend the day making phone calls. The campaign headquarters is busier today than it was on Election Day.