York County's new state lawmakers to take oath

Alyssa Pressler
York Dispatch
  • Three local lawmakers will be sworn in to office on Jan. 3.
  • The public officials said they were very excited to get to work.

Three local officials are getting ready for their swearing-in ceremonies taking place Tuesday. 

Democrat Carol Hill-Evans, the former York City Council president elected to represent the 95th House District, will take over for Kevin Schreiber, who moved into a new position Dec. 1 as the president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance. Republican Dawn Keefer will take the 92nd House District seat in northern York County, replacing former GOP state Rep. Mike Regan, who is moving to the 31st state Senate seat, being vacated by retiring Sen. Pat Vance. 

Mike Regan speaks during a watch party at Nick's 114 Cafe in New Cumberland after winning the Pennsylvania primary election Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The three elected officials all said the same thing: They're excited to take the oath but even more excited to get to work. 

"I'm looking forward to the swearing-in ceremony, and then looking forward to getting started on what I want to do," said Hill-Evans, who beat Republican Joel Sears for the position. 

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Keefer also said she was excited to get to work on some of the things she spoke about while campaigning. According to a news release she provided, she plans to focus on regulations she believes are harming businesses, pension reform and ensuring there are no tax increases during budget negotiations. 

State Rep. Dawn Keefer

Keefer ran against independent Kate McGraw for her position. Previously she owned a consulting firm and worked as a district director for former state Rep. Will Gabig, R-Cumberland. 

Regan said he was most excited to have his parents see him take office. His mother is 86 and his father is 89, and both are proud of their son, he said. 

"They're thrilled I've been given this honor," Regan said. "I'm excited they'll be here to see it." 

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Regan was previously the state representative for the 92nd House District. He decided to run for Senate after Vance announced she was stepping down. 

Keefer and Hill-Evans will be busy for the day with the event and then voting on leadership positions, but Regan is looking forward to having a small get-together with friends and family to celebrate.

State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Hill-Evans and Keefer will be sworn in together in the House chamber at the Capitol in Harrisburg. The public will be able to watch a live-stream of the swearing-in ceremony on Keefer's website, RepKeefer.com. The ceremony will take place at noon Tuesday, Jan. 3. 

Regan's swearing-in will take place in the state Senate building across from the House after the Senate convenes for session at noon. A live video feed will be available on Regan's website at www.senatormikeregan.com

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