Three new state representatives sworn in to state House

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 5, 2018 11:34 AM

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(Harrisburg) --  Three new members are taking seats in the state House after winning special elections that kept the chamber's partisan balance at 121 Republicans and 82 Democrats.

Two Republicans and a Democrat were sworn in earlier today, three weeks after being elected to fill vacancies created when their predecessors left the Legislature for other positions.

Republican Representative Tim O'Neal takes the seat held most recently by Democrat Brandon Neuman, now an elected Washington County judge.

In a Tioga County district, Representative Clint Owlett succeeds Matt Baker, a fellow Republican who's now at the federal Health and Human Services Department.

The third newcomer is Democratic Represenatiative Helen Tai, who won a narrow race to flip a Bucks County seat that had belonged to Republican Scott Petri.

Petri now heads the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

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