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Sankey among 29 freshman Pa. House members
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield) was sworn into office Tuesday at the state Capitol to officially begin his first term in service to the constituents of the 74th Legislative District. Sankey is one of 10 Republicans in a 29-member class of first-term representatives in the 197th session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
"While today is a very big day personally for my family and me, the priority remains serving as a voice for the people of my district and representing their interests in Harrisburg," Sankey said. "It is worth noting that my office has hit the ground running, in that we already have, since December 1, been busy keeping in touch with and helping a significant number of constituents with their legislative questions and concerns."
Sankey will soon be opening his primary district office, which will be located at 315 East Market St., Suite 100, Clearfield.
"I will also be opening a satellite office at 600 Lingle Street, Osceola Mills, with hours and days of operation yet to be determined," said Sankey. "We have a lot of territory to cover with only two offices and more than 59,000 constituents, but there are a number of different ways to get in touch with me and it is my job to employ every avenue possible in order to be accessible as I can be."
Sankey's toll-free telephone number is 1-866-901-2482. His constituents may also contact him via e-mail at Tsankeypahousegop.com, through his Website at www.RepSankey.com  or by visiting his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepSankey.
The 74th Legislative District is made up of the following Clearfield County municipalities: the townships of Beccaria, Bell, Bigler, Bloom, Boggs, Bradford, Burnside, Chest, Cooper, Covington, Decatur, Ferguson, Girard, Goshen, Graham, Greenwood, Gulich, Jordan, Karthaus, Knox, Lawrence, Morris, Penn, Pike, Pine and Woodward; and the boroughs of Brisbin, Burnside, Chester Hill, Clearfield, Coalport, Curwensville, Glen Hope, Grampian, Houtzdale, Irvona, Lumber City, Mahaffey, New Washington, Newburg, Osceola Mills, Ramey, Wallaceton and Westover.
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HARRISBURG - State Sen. John M. Wozniak was sworn in Tuesday to serve his fifth consecutive Senate term, along with a dozen other Democrats that include three new members.
"This is an exciting time to be in the Senate and I'm honored that voters chose again to have me represent them," Wozniak said. "We're all encouraged by what happened this fall and optimistic that we're going to have a stronger hand in finding solutions to the problems that face working families."
With three new members, Senate Democrats have narrowed the gap with the chamber's majority party, a sign that voters are looking for action on long-lingering issues.
"I think people are frustrated by the lack of movement on transportation infrastructure and the backward movement on jobs," Wozniak said. "There is momentum now to move and we can't lose it."
Wozniak will again serve as Democratic Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, which will be key to funding the repair of thousands of structurally deficient bridges and aging roads.
"There will be significant cost with aggressive action on transportation infrastructure," Wozniak said. "But there will also be significant opportunity. Job growth in Pennsylvania has been stagnant and we believe we can boost the economy while making our roads and bridges safer and more efficient."
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HARRISBURG - At a swearing-in ceremony held at the state Capitol, Centre County state Rep. Scott Conklin took the oath of office to begin his fourth term representing the 77th Legislative District.
"I cannot imagine a more humbling experience than this," Conklin said. "Serving the people of Centre County is a great opportunity and even greater responsibility."
The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 197th legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January each year.
"Traditionally, this is day one but my work has already begun," Conklin said. "Reforming the structure and operations of Penn State's Board of Trustees and enacting a comprehensive transportation funding plan are just a few of my local and statewide priorities for the 2013-14 session."
The 77th Legislative District includes Philipsburg, Port Matilda and South Philipsburg boroughs, most of State College Borough and Ferguson, Halfmoon, Huston, Patton, Rush, Taylor and Worth townships.
Conklin has two constituent service centers in his district that serve Centre County residents.
The State College service center is located at 301 S. Allen St., Suite 102, and can be reached at 238-5477. The Philipsburg service center is located at 209 E. Presqueisle St. and can be reached at 324-4872.

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