DeLuca sworn into Pa. House of Representatives

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, officially began his 19th term as state representative after being sworn in during today's ceremony at the state Capitol.

The swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 203rd legislative session. The legislature is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Tuesday in January each year. Administering the oath of office this year was Judge D. Michael Fisher, a senior judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

DeLuca is expected to retain his post as Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee.

"I am honored to continue to serve the people of the 32nd Legislative District," DeLuca said. "As Insurance Committee chairman, I have fought to preserve pre-existing condition protections in health insurance, which are so important to the people of my district.”

DeLuca plans to introduce legislation in the near future geared toward preserving essential health benefits for Pennsylvanians, in the event the Affordable Care Act is struck down. His legislation comes in wake of a recent Texas federal court judgment holding that the ACA is unconstitutional. Since its inception, 1.1 million Pennsylvanians have gained access to health insurance through the ACA.

“I also look forward to continuing work with Governor Tom Wolf’s administration to put people ahead of politics and special interests, as well as fight for good jobs, quality schools and a fair economy,” DeLuca said.

Residents can sign up for periodic email updates from DeLuca on state issues and services by visiting his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/DeLuca, and clicking on the "Here to help” link in the right hand corner of the page.