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Pickett Takes Oath of Office for Ninth Term
Lawmaker nominates Speaker of the House
Rep. Tina Pickett formally nominated Michael C. Turzai of Allegheny County to serve as Speaker of the House for the 2017-18 legislative session. This is Turzai’s second term as speaker. Pickett and Turzai both joined the House in 2001.
HARRISBURG – Taking the oath of office on Tuesday, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) began her ninth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during a ceremony at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

“The beginning of each new session brings about much optimism in that we’re able to confront many of the issues impacting the people of Pennsylvania and, specifically, the residents along our Northern Tier,” said Pickett. “As we gathered to take the oath of office, we remain committed to making sure that our Commonwealth can attract good-paying jobs, our schools can provide the best quality of education, our government will only spend what it has and our taxpayers won’t be given a larger burden.

“Additionally, my Northern Tier colleagues and I are continuing our fight to ensure that landowners are fairly compensated for natural gas royalties,” Pickett said. “We were able to gain some momentum on that legislation last fall, and we believe we can make even more progress in the new session. This is the type of issue our residents sent us to Harrisburg to tackle.”

During the swearing-in ceremony, Pickett also was given the honor to nominate Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) for his second term as speaker of the House. Pickett pointed out that one of Turzai’s strengths is getting to know all areas of Pennsylvania so he can be an effective leader when presiding over the activities of the House.

“Speaker Turzai looks at both the differences and similarities of our diverse districts as a way to understand the needs of Pennsylvanians – and how all of our needs are pretty similar,” Pickett said during her nomination remarks. “He intrinsically understands that we all want good jobs, we all want good schools and an educational system that allows our students to succeed, and we all want a reliable infrastructure. And he wants us all to be able to call Pennsylvania home – now and for generations to come.”

Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony marks the beginning of the 2017-18 legislative session.

Representative Tina Pickett
110th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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