Residential senator Chelsea Jia was sworn in Tuesday, replacing Makhala Greene-Robinson, who left for personal reasons.
Jia, a sophomore majoring in business and accounting, was the seventh runner-up in last year’s elections.
“I just got an email from Nehi yesterday,” Jia said. “I was kind of surprised. I already put a lot of work in the campaigning last year and I felt like I needed to grab this opportunity while I could.”
Jia will serve out the remainder of Greene-Robinson’s term, but does not have any platform goals at the moment.
“It’s only been a few hours since I jumped on this,” she said. “But I think it’s going to be a really good experience.”
Vice President Nehi Ogbevoen said that USG was excited to get some “new energy” in its senate, and that the transition is expected to go smoothly.
“The current senators are great so they should help her transition well,” he said. “This should be an easy transition —it’s a little bit of an awkward time — but I’m sure it’ll work out great.”