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With his wife, Blayre, holding the Bible, Austin Davis took the oath of office as the new state representative serving Clairton, Duquesne, McKeesport and neighboring communities. (Screenshot from Pennsylvania House of Representatives video feed)
Austin Davis took the oath of office in Harrisburg on Monday to become the newest member of the state's General Assembly.
Surrounded by his parents, family and friends, Davis, 28, of McKeesport was sworn in with his wife, Blayre, standing alongside him, holding the family bible.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David Spurgeon administered the oath.
Davis won a special election Jan. 23 to fill the remaining months of former state Rep. Marc Gergely's term. Gergely resigned after pleading guilty to charges connected with a video poker and illegal gambling ring operating in the Mon Valley.
Davis will represent the 35th District, which includes Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, Versailles, South Versailles Twp., Whitaker, White Oak and parts of West Mifflin.
“It’s an honor to have the trust of residents from the 35th District to represent their best interests at the state Capitol,” Davis said in a prepared release. “I look forward to getting started and enacting change in my district and across the commonwealth.”
Davis for the Democratic nomination in the May 15 primary for a full two-year term as legislator.
A longtime volunteer and community activist since his days as a student at McKeesport Area High School, Davis, a University of Pittsburgh graduate, previously worked as executive assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
He also serves as vice chairman of the Allegheny County Housing Authority board of commissioners.
"I know your dedication, I know your intelligence, and I know your desire to do the right thing," said state Rep. Frank Dermody of Cheswick, who serves as state House Minority Leader, in his greeting to Davis on the assembly floor. "All of thse traits will make you a great representative. You will do a great job in this House of Representatives."
For constituent services, Davis is maintaining Gergely's former office locations at 1540 Lincoln Way, White Oak; 3910 Main St., Munhall; and at the Clairton Municipal Building, 551 Ravensburg Blvd. His website is at http://pahouse.com/adavis.
Originally published February 05, 2018.