HARRISBURG — Just after noon on Tuesday (January 3), Dan Laughlin – private citizen – solemnly swore his oath of office and became state Senator Dan Laughlin – the official advocate for the 244,000 Erie County residents living in the 49th Senatorial District. Video of the ceremony
“The experience was truly humbling,” Senator Laughlin said. “It certainly is awe inspiring. Standing in the Senate Chamber, you can feel the history and the responsibility that comes with the office. I am looking forward to serving my constituents for the next four years.”
A number of friends and family members joined Senator Laughlin in Harrisburg for the swearing-in day festivities. “These are the people who helped me get to where I am and I am glad they could make the trip. It’s only right that they share in the happiness that is part of the swearing in ceremony,” said Senator Laughlin, who was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Peggy and their three children: Spencer, Nathaniel and Sinclaire.
Now, with the formalities over, Senator Laughlin said he is ready for his legislative duties to begin as the Senate starts the business part of the 2017-18 Legislative Session later this month.
“The top priority for my district is the funding for the Erie School District. That’s been a big issue for years now. Their financial distress is a big issue in Erie and it is spilling out to the surrounding districts also. So, that is probably my number one goal, to help fix that issue,” said Senator Laughlin. “My second goal is to bring jobs back to Erie.”
The 49th Senatorial District includes residents living in the City of Erie; the boroughs of Albion, Cranesville, Girard, Lake City, McKean, North East, Platea and Wesleyville; and, the following townships: Conneaut, Fairview, Franklin, Girard, Greene, Greenfield, Harborcreek, Lawrence Park, McKean, Millcreek, North East, Springfield, Summit and Venango.
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