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Deborah Gonzalez and Jonathan Wallace Sworn in at Capitol


Representatives-elect Deborah Gonzalez and Jonathan Wallace were sworn in this morning at the Capitol. Newly-elected Distinct 117 Representative Gonzalez says the process was a bit different since they won a special election.

"We got to choose a date, and we got to choose the judge who would do the swearing in,” Gonzalez said. “We had decided, Representative Wallace, Representative (Teri) Anulewicz, and myself, that we would get sworn in together and it was a very nice ceremony.”

She says they made a decision to get sworn in together. She says they had family, friends and some constituents in attendance. Gonzalez says the work has already begun.

“We’re trying to get as prepared as we can be so that we’re ready to hit the ground running because we are coming in, sort of in the mid-term of the session, so there are some things that have happened already in 2017 session that make come back in 2018.”

Wallace, who will represent District 119, says the ceremony made the election results feel official.

“Even though I knew that the actual swearing was going to be pretty quick, it took a total of maybe about three or four minutes,” Wallace said. “Maybe the newness of it all, it felt very momentous for me personally and I felt very overwhelmed with just the gravity of my responsibilities with respect to all the people I’m representing.”

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House District 119 Representative Jonathan Wallace

They did handle official business, like getting name tags, ID badges, parking passes, etc., The session starts January 8th 2018.

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