Smith sworn in as new state senator

Published Jan 8, 2013 at 12:01 am (Updated Jan 3, 2013 at 11:39 am)

Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) took the oath of office beginning his freshman term as state senator at a swearing in ceremony at the Capitol Jan. 1.

The Pennsylvania Constitution mandates that the legislature convene on the first Tuesday of January. Smith was surrounded by family, friends and staff for the noontime event in the Senate Chamber. He comes to the Senate after serving three terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“It has been an amazing and humbling journey to arrive at this moment,” Smith said. “I am thankful to reach this milestone, and look forward to returning home and getting back to work to serve the constituents of the 37th Senatorial District.”

As senator, Smith said he would build upon his previous efforts to grow the economy, create jobs, reform state government, invest in education and promote student health and safety.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with colleagues from across the state and across the aisle to address the challenges we face as a Commonwealth,” Smith said.

With two offices currently open to serve constituents, Smith encourages individuals to reach out to his office for assistance or to share their thoughts or concerns on any state issue.

Smith’s Mt. Lebanon district office is located at 319 Castle Shannon Blvd. and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 412-571-2169 and the toll free number is 866-736-7477.

Smith’s satellite office in the Peters Township Municipal Building, located at 610 East McMurray Road in McMurray is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 724-942-7210.

Smith plans to open another district office in Moon Township in the near future. Constituents seeking assistance may learn more or contact his office via his website, www.SenatorMattSmith.com.

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