LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: In this photo illustration, communications from Twitter are displayed on a mobile device announcing the company's initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, 2013 in London, England. Twitter went public on the NYSE opening at USD 26 per share, valuing the company's worth at an estimated USD 18 billion.National Journal

Twitter launched in 2006 and, with it, forced the long-winded art of politics into 140-character messages. We haven't turned back since.

Like everyone on Twitter, politicians had growing pains during their first forays into the medium. Taking a look at their first tweets offers a window into how these public figures immersed themselves in this brave new world of social media, and also where we were as a nation years ago. Thanks to this new tool from Twitter that lets you search the first tweets of any public Twitter account, we can do just that.

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