Dan McNeill takes oath of office in capitol
Pennsylvania State Representative Dan McNeill took the oath of office Tuesday afternoon.
McNeill began serving the 133rd Legislative District following the ceremony at the state capitol building.
McNeill fills the seat formerly held by Joseph Brennan, who chose not to seek re-election and whose term ended Monday.
McNeill resides with his wife, Jeanne, and family in Hokendauqua.
The 133rd District includes much of Whitehall Township, Coplay, Catasauqua and parts of Bethlehem.
A Democrat, McNeill was chosen to be the party's candidate by committee members in a vote held at the Fullerton Fire Hall last summer. Several other individuals also sought the committee's endorsement after Brennan removed his name from the November ballot.
Mcneill said the Catasauqua office on Bridge Street was closed earlier by the state.
The office on Fourth Street in Bethlehem will continue to serve the constituents.
Bob Donches, who headed Brennan's Bethlehem office, will remain at the helm. A city councilman in Bethlehem, he is expected to run for mayor in the city.
Cara Bowen and Brenda Pagan, who is bilingual, are also part of McNeill's staff.
The former Whitehall Township executive and commissioner has an extensive background in labor relations.
"That's my first choice," McNeill said, requesting appointment to the Labor and Industry Committee. He is also interested the committee assignments related to aging.
A bus carrying 55 of McNeill's friends and supporters departed the Lehigh Valley on Tuesday morning to attend McNeill's inauguration as a state assemblyman.