Cerrato takes oath of office beginning service in state House

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Melissa Cerrato took the oath of office in the state Capitol today to begin her first term representing the 151st Legislative District in Montgomery County.

The noon swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2023-24 legislative session of the Pennsylvania House, its 207th. Court of Common Pleas Judge John McNally administered the oath of office.

“I am honored to begin working for the residents of the 151st Legislative District as their new state representative,” said Cerrato, D-Montgomery. “I am here to listen to and uplift the voices of the communities that I represent and help bring about positive change for all Pennsylvanians.

“It’s a privilege to represent my neighbors in Harrisburg and a responsibility I will not take lightly.”

Cerrato said that her priorities will be ensuring the rights of Pennsylvanians are protected, that residents are able to support themselves and their families by prioritizing livable wages, and that the children across this commonwealth are provided proper educations. 

Two-hundred legislators were sworn in today, with each member representing approximately 64,000 residents. This year, the Democratic Caucus has the most diverse class of freshmen legislators in over a decade, including 26 new members, eight of whom are women. With this class, the Democratic Caucus continues to become more reflective of the state’s people, and includes 35 women and 34 people of color.

Cerrato’s office will be able help with a variety of state-related services, including birth and death certificates, disability plates and placards, Unemployment Compensation issues and Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program assistance, in addition to being general guides on navigating state-government issues. Residents can reach her by emailing RepCerrato@pahouse.net.

Cerrato’s office will open later this month at 605 Horsham Road in Horsham. Cerrato said that she is thrilled to announce the future district office staff of the 151st Legislative District: Raffia Razzak (district office director), Leza Perkins (senior constituent service advisor), Colin Bachman (constituent service advisor), and Alex Myers (constituent service advisor).