Newly elected independent Sen. Angus King, a former governor who is replacing retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, understands his new role.
"I'm here to get my orders," he joked during a courtesy call to Maine's other Republican senator, Susan Collins.
She teased, "So have you learned that your office is likely in the basement?"
King said he hoped to announce on Wednesday which party he'll caucus with. He's expected to pick the Democrats. Like Pelosi and McConnell, he's well aware it's more fun to be in the majority.
Associated Press writers Henry C. Jackson, Andrew Miga and Kevin Freking contributed to this report.
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