Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) was sworn into his first term of office during ceremonies today at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. Yaw, who was elected to the Senate seat in November 2008, was administered the oath of office by State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Saylor while family and friends looked on.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to work on important issues that will affect our area, including improving our job climate, holding down spending and taxes, and ensuring that state government is open and accountable to the people it represents,” Yaw said. “We face difficult times in Pennsylvania, with a faltering economy and a significant projected revenue shortfall, so we all need to work together to ensure that our area is about to achieve the maximum benefits from the gas industry.”
Yaw was recently appointed chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. He will also serve as a member of the Environmental Resources and Energy, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Law and Justice, and Rules and Executive Nominations committees.
“I’m very pleased with my committee assignments, particularly Environmental Resources and Energy and Agriculture and Rural Affairs, because both will have a major impact on the area I represent,” Yaw said. “Committees are the real workhorses of the Senate, where legislation is introduced and policy developed, so I’m looking forward to getting involved in a wide range of issues.”
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