Matthew H. Smith's 2013 celebration got off to a good start on Tuesday afternoon when he was sworn-in as a new state senator.
Smith, previously a three-term state representative, was at the state Capitol in Harrisburg with friends and family on Tuesday for the ceremony.
The Democrat takes over Pennsylvania's 37th Senate District seat, which was vacated by John Pippy, who resigned on July 1. Smith defeated Republican D. Raja in November's general election.
"It has been an amazing and humbling journey to arrive at this moment," Smith said in a statement. "I am thankful to reach this milestone and look forward to returning home and getting back to work to serve the constituents of the 37th Senatorial District."
Smith will continue to use his Mt. Lebanon office at 319 Castle Shannon Blvd., and he also uses a "satellite office" inside of the Peters Township Municipal Building at 610 E. McMurray Rd.
District residents can contact the Mt. Lebanon office at 412-571-2169 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and the Peters office from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Smith also plans to open an office in Moon for constituents.
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