Nelson sworn in to begin first term as state representative

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, took the oath of office at the state Capitol today to begin his first term representing the 154th Legislative District. 

The noon swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, for which Nelson was elected this fall to replace retiring Rep. Steve McCarter.

Among the priorities Nelson said he will focus on in his first term are fighting for sound and equitable public education, reforming the tax code to help low- and fixed-income residents and small businesses, justice and health reforms to remove disparities in outcomes, and building strong, sustainable, welcoming communities for everyone. His committee assignments for the 2021-22 session will be announced later this month.

“Whether it is here in Harrisburg or in the district office, I want to be always looking for solutions that benefit everyone, not just in my district but across the entire commonwealth,” Nelson said. “I am honored to serve this community and will work every day to keep students, seniors, business owners, working families, incarcerated residents and faith leaders in my mind. Legislation is hard, but caring is not.”

Nelson said his office can help with a variety of state-related services, including home heating, children’s health insurance, prescription drug and property tax/rent rebate assistance. The phone number is 215-572-5210, and the email address is

Residents also can learn more about Nelson’s legislative priorities and the services his office provides by visiting his website at, or by visiting his Facebook and Twitter accounts at and, respectively.

Washington County Judge Brandon Neuman, a former House member, administered the oath of office.

Nelson joins 24 other first-term members. There are 11 new Democrats and 14 new Republicans.