State Senator Dan Laughlin was sworn into office today (January 5) during a ceremony in the Senate Chamber of the State Capitol to begin his second term representing the 49th Senatorial District. Video of the ceremony.
In response to the COVID pandemic, the traditional Swearing-In Day festivities were substantially scaled back this year. Only a minimal number of guests were permitted on the Senate Floor and in the Senate Gallery for the ceremony and the usual television viewing areas in the Capitol Complex were closed.
“It is truly an honor to serve and represent the people of the 49th District in the Senate,” Senator Laughlin said. “The challenges facing Pennsylvania in 2021 are dramatically different on many levels from those we addressed when I first entered the Senate four years ago. We must recover and heal in many ways now. Rebuilding Pennsylvania’s economy and getting people back to work must be our top priority as we move past the chaos created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Born in Erie and raised in the Erie Heights housing project, Senator Laughlin is the son of a decorated World War II combat veteran who worked as a union carpenter and a mother who assembled fighter planes at the Curtis Wright Plant in Buffalo.
As a small business owner, Senator Laughlin strongly supports policies and programs that create jobs, limit government spending and ease the tax and regulatory burden on job-creators. A strong advocate for government reform, he is committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people he serves.
Senator Laughlin is married to the former Peggy Schneider, a mechanical engineer. They have two sons, Spencer and Nathaniel, and a daughter, Sinclaire. The family attends Grace Church in McKean.
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