Lehigh Valley House legislators react to swearing-in ceremony

Written by on January 6, 2021

Lehigh Valley House legislators react to swearing-in ceremony

By Genesis Ortega

January 6, 2021

Shown is the Pennsylvania Capitol building Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In four groups of about 50 each, 203 representatives were sworn in on Jan. 5 for Pennsylvania’s new legislative session. While it was a chaotic scene in the state Senate, the House saw more composed proceedings. 

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Democrat Jeanne McNeill who serves the 133rd District said her third time being sworn in was emotional. 

“It was kind of quiet, and down, and empty because of everything going on sadly,” said McNeill. 

In addition to mask requirements, pandemic precautions meant only the 25 freshman house members being sworn in for the first time could bring guests.

Republican Milou Mackenzie, newly elected to serve parts of Lehigh, Northampton, and Montgomery counties in the 131st District, calls Tuesday’s ceremony inspiring. 

“I know it wasn’t the typical swearing in ceremony, but I just thought it was a beautiful, beautiful expression of everything that a ceremony should be,” said Mackenzie. 

McNeill says she’s looking forward to working with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle this year.  

“To continue to provide the services and help to the businesses, the families who are struggling so much due to the pandemic. This is too important for partisan politics. We need to work together,” McNeill says.

And Mackenzie says she’s hoping to help small businesses and focus efforts on education and veterans. 

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