HARRISBURG -- Three months after former state Sen. Jane Orie resigned, residents of the 40th Senatorial District once again have a lawmaker in Harrisburg.
Newly elected Sen. Randy Vulakovich, a Republican who previously represented Shaler and surrounding towns in the state House of Representatives, took the oath of office today before his family, staffers and fellow senators.
Mr. Vulakovich won a special election earlier this month, defeating Democrat Sharon Brown of McCandless.
He replaces Ms. Orie, who resigned in May following her conviction on charges of theft, of services, forgery and ethics violations. She was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 10 years in prison.
"My first mission is to put the 40th District back together," Mr. Vulakovich said following the brief ceremony. "I think I have instilled in people that level of trust that they can now have in me."
His former state House office in Shaler will become his main Senate office. The 40th District's Butler County office in Cranberry will remain open, and another satellite location is planned for Richland.
Tasked with administering the oath of office was District Judge Robert Dznovick of Shaler, who also was Mr. Vulakovich's drill instructor at the Allegheny County Police Academy. The new senator served as a police officer in Shaler for 27 years before his election to the state House in 2006.
Mr. Vulakovich has been assigned to serve on five Senate committees, including panels on transportation and economic development issues.
Harrisburg Bureau Chief Laura Olson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-787-4254.