PA legislators share swearing-in day on social media

PA legislators share swearing-in day on social media

Author: Marco Cerino/Wednesday, January 2, 2019/Categories: News and Views

It was a rare New Year’s Day swearing-in ceremony to start the 203rd session of the Pennsylvania legislature. From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Delaware River, representatives and senators joined in Harrisburg and vowed to uphold the laws and serve their constituents.

For some, it was the first day of a new job. Others returned for another term of elected service. Many shared the afternoon’s proceedings on Twitter.

New Kids in Town

Philadelphia brought four new state representatives to Harrisburg, replacing about a century of combined legislative experience with fresh faces.

Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler (D-Philadelphia) took over the 184th in South Philly. She tweeted out this video following the ceremony:

Rep. Malcom Kenyatta’s (D-Philadelphia) grandfather ran for mayor of Philadelphia in 1975. Four decades later, he’ll serve the 181st district which includes his alma mater of Temple University. He posted this video:
Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia) worked for years for former Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Philadelphia), who served Center City and Northern Liberties for years in the 175th. Now she’ll represent that district. Here’s her reaction from Tuesday’s event:
Rep. Joe Hohenstein (D-Philadelphia) was the only one to flip a seat in the Philadelphia delegation when he gave the Democrats the 177th District in Northeast Philly held by retiring Republican Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia). Here’s his tweet following his swearing-in:
Family Affairs

The holidays are a great time to catch up with loved ones and make new memories. Sometimes, work can get involved with those plans. This year, that was the case for legislators.

Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Philadelphia) started his fifth term serving the 172nd of Northeast Philly and some of Montgomery County. He tweeted this picture with his family:
It got a response from his brother Brendan, who will be returning to Congress as part of Pennsylvania’s House delegation.

Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) earned a seventh term representing the 2nd District and shared this photo with her mom and colleagues:
New Leadership

In addition to the new members, Philadelphia saw their presence increase in Democratic leadership. Notably, Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) will serve as party whip, after receiving re-election for the 186th. He took time for a quick selfie with Rep. Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny):
Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) made history when she became the first African-American woman elected to serve as Democratic caucus chair. Now in her third term for the 181st, she took to Facebook in celebration:

Marco Cerino a staff writer for The PLS Reporter based in Philadelphia. Have a question, comment or tip? Email him at