Vulakovich formally takes over Orie's state senate seat

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HARRISBURG -- Residents of the 40th Senatorial District have a new lawmaker in the state Capitol, after Republican Randy Vulakovich was sworn in on Wednesday.

Mr. Vulakovich, who previously represented Shaler and surrounding towns in the state House of Representatives, took the oath of office before his family, staffers and fellow senators. His new district stretches from the North Hills of Allegheny County into southern Butler County.

He replaces Jane 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."

Mr. Vulakovich won the 40th District special election earlier this month, defeating Democrat Sharon Brown of McCandless.

His state House seat will be vacant until the November election, when voters will choose between Democrat David Tusick and Republican Hal English .

The Shaler office he used as a state representative 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.

Mr. Vulakovich has been assigned to serve on five Senate committees, including panels on transportation and economic development issues.

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Harrisburg Bureau Chief Laura Olson: or 717-787-4254.


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