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Pa. elected officials sworn in

January 06, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Re-elected and newly elected members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly were sworn in Tuesday at the state Capitol building, including Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin.

"I am committed to providing the highest level of service to my constituents," Alloway said in a statement released by his office. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to help make our communities safer, stronger and more prosperous."

Alloway, 40, of Chambersburg, Pa., whose 33rd District includes Franklin, Adams and a portion of York counties, has been named by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati to serve as chairman of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, and vice chairman of the Law and Justice Committee.

The freshman senator will also serve on the Senate Aging and Youth, Rule and Executive Nominations, and Local Government committees.

"It's an honor to be selected to serve on these committees and I am confident that these appointments will help me improve the quality of life in the communities I represent," Alloway said.

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The former magisterial district judge was elected in November to replace Terry Punt, who retired after 20 years in the Senate. He defeated Democratic nominee Bruce Tushingham in the general election to win the four-year term.

State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland, and state Rep. Mark Keller, R-Franklin/Perry, were sworn in to their third terms in office. State Reps. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, and Dan Moul, R-Adams/Franklin, were sworn in for their second terms.

The Senate will reconvene Jan. 20, while the House reconvenes Jan. 26.

-- Don Aines

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