Sen. Chris Coons released a statement Dec. 12 after Doug Jones won the the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

“Tonight, Alabama elected a true public servant to serve as their next United States senator. Much will be said about who Alabamians voted against today, but I want to point out that in Doug Jones they also voted for an experienced prosecutor, a dedicated public servant and someone who has been at the forefront of fighting for civil rights," said Coons. "I am eager to serve alongside Doug Jones in the Senate, and I am encouraged by our fellow Americans in Alabama who spoke out against division and hate and voted for optimism and hope."