State representatives sworn in

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl

The 203rd Legislative Session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives began Jan. 1 with the swearing in of new and returning legislators.

The North Boroughs municipalities make up parts of three different legislative districts, where voters went to the polls last November to elect two veterans and one rookie to the state house.

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, a Democrat representing the 20th District, was sworn in for his fifth term of office. The 20th District includes Avalon and Bellevue. Returning for her second term representing the 45th District was Rep. Anita Kulik, also a Democrat. The 45th Legislative District includes all of the Avonworth communities except Ohio Township.

Taking office for the first time was Rep. Valerie Gaydos, a Republican representing Ohio Township and the rest of the 44th District.

State senators are sworn in during a separate ceremony. Sen. Wayne Fontana will continue to represent Bellevue, Avalon and Ben Avon in the 42nd Senatorial District. The remainder of the North Boroughs falls into the 37th District, where Sen. Guy Reschenthaler won a seat in the U.S. Congress during the November election, leaving his state senate seat vacant until a special election is held.