State Rep. Valerie Gaydos takes oath to represent 44th District

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 | 10:57 AM

State Rep. Valerie Gaydos, R-Allegheny, was officially sworn into office Jan. 1, marking the beginning of her first term representing the 44th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

After winning a tight race in the May primary, Gaydos, a Sewickley native who lives in Aleppo, beat Democrat Michele Knoll in the November general election to win the seat held for more than 15 years by Republican Mark Mustio, who did not seek reelection.

“I am very grateful to the good people of the 44th Legislative District for electing me to serve as their new voice in Harrisburg,” said Gaydos. “As an avid defender of the Constitution and personal freedoms, I am eager to work across the aisle to strengthen Pennsylvania’s communities and to protect and defend hard-working citizens from government overreach. I pledge to fight for reforms to set our state on sounder financial footing and which at the same time advance the growth of vibrant communities.

“As a business founder and investor, I have worked with a number of companies in and around this Commonwealth and have seen firsthand the types of business climates that are most attractive to investors, entrepreneurs and citizens. I am committed to fighting for policies that attract new jobs to Pennsylvania and for educational initiatives that prepare our students for their future.”

The 44th Legislative District includes portions of Allegheny County, including the townships of Aleppo, Crescent, Findlay, Moon, North Fayette and Ohio, and the boroughs of Bell Acres, Edgeworth, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Haysville, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights and Sewickley Hills.

To view Gaydos’s comments on swearing-in day, follow this link :

For more on Gaydos’ background, read this story published Dec. 20.

State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, also took the oath of office to begin his sixth term representing the 16th Legislative District, which includes Ambridge, Leet and Leetsdale. Matzie ran unopposed.

The state House returns to voting session Jan. 15.