WASHINGTON - A month after defeating his Republican opponent, Sen.-elect Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is starting to get the lay of the land on Capitol Hill.

Blumenthal won't be sworn in until Jan. 3, but he has started to become a familiar face around the Capitol complex, making several trips in recent weeks and taking part in the caucus-leadership vote.

He says there's still a lot to get used to, including his title as a U.S. senator.

"I still pinch myself every so often that I'm walking in the same place that some of the greats of American history have been," Blumenthal says.

Blumenthal will be the least-senior member of the Democratic caucus, but he hopes it's the start of his own lasting legacy.