(HARRISBURG) – Today at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate for 2016.
This is the tenth time Senate colleagues have elected Senator Scarnati to the third-highest constitutional office in the Commonwealth. The Honorable Judge John Foradora, President Judge in Jefferson County, administered the Oath of Office. Monsignor Charles Kaza, Pastor of the Saint Tobias Parish in Brockway, offered the invocation.
Following being sworn-in as President Pro Tempore, Senator Scarnati offered remarks on issues impacting the Commonwealth.
“It is a humbling honor to serve as President Pro Tem of the Senate, with a group of men and women who make me proud to be a part of this institution,” Scarnati said. “The past year has no doubt been challenging – in large part due to the budget impasse. Both Republicans and Democrats brought our priorities to budget negotiations. While I am very pleased that schools and human service organizations will finally receive a portion of their needed funds, this process is not over.”
“It is clear that we have a divided government in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians elected a Democrat Governor, and elected strong Republican majorities in the House and Senate. While we have division, we all have one clear mandate – the people of Pennsylvania expect results. As we enter a new year, I look forward to working with my colleagues to deliver those results,” Scarnati concluded.
Senator Scarnati is currently serving his fourth term in the Senate. He was born and raised in Brockway, Jefferson County, and represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties and portions of Clearfield County.
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