Perry ... taking Todd Platts seat in Congress.
Perry ... taking Todd Platts seat in Congress.

Residents in the 4th Congressional District will notice some familiar places and faces when Congressman-elect Scott Perry is sworn in Jan. 3.

Perry, replacing Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County, will keep the Platts' district office at 2209 E. Market St. in York and several of his staff members, said Lauren Muglia, Perry's recently named chief of staff.

Muglia is a 45-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Pennsylvania National Guard, where Perry is a colonel, she said. The two have known each other for more than 20 years, but she doesn't serve under Perry, she said. A Fort Indiantown Gap resident, she said she plans to move to the Dillsburg area.

Muglia most recently served as director of policy and legislative affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Muglia
Muglia
She said she has about 20 years of legislative experience working for various state lawmakers. She replaces Scott Miller, Platts' chief of staff since 2003.

Platts' deputy chief of staff, Bob Reilly, will continue in his present role, she said.

"He's obviously very well-known in the district and has agreed to stay on," she said. "I'd be foolish to fix what's not broken."

Reilly is one of seven Platts employees who, after an interview, have been or will be offered jobs, she said. Perry will have a total of about 15 employees.

There's a year left on the lease of the Market Street office, so staying there also made sense, she said. Even the phone number will stay the same, she said.

Perry won't be using Platts' Carlisle office because, under the same redistricting that changed the 19th District to the 4th District, Carlisle is no longer included in the district map, she said. Perry is renovating an old house on Main Street in Wormleysburg, Cumberland County, to replace the Carlisle office, and it's expected to open in mid-January.

Muglia said Perry, like Platts, is planning to commute to Washington, D.C., daily, though he might have to stay overnight a couple of nights per week.

Like Perry, Muglia has also been deployed overseas with the military, she said, explaining why office furniture would make for acceptable accommodations.

"He'll probably sleep in his office like Todd used to," she said. "On the couch. He said he's used to sleeping on a cot in a tent somewhere ... so that's not bad."

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.