The state legislature welcomed its two newest members on Monday, Rep. Heather Boyd (D-Delaware) and Rep. Michael Stender (R-Montour/Northumberland).

Boyd and Stender were elected to serve their communities in special elections on May 16.

“Swearing in new members is always a special occasion in the state House of Representatives,” said Speaker Joanna McClinton (D-Phila./Delaware). “As longtime public servants, Reps. Boyd and Stender both bring valuable experience to their new roles and will contribute greatly to the policy debates in Harrisburg.

“I’m confident that the more than 120,000 Pennsylvanians they collectively represent will benefit from having such dedicated elected officials as their voice in Harrisburg.”

Rep. Michael Stender and family

McClinton added the new members are joining the state House at a busy time, having advanced 44 bills – all with bipartisan support – in just three weeks in late April and May. Additionally, the legislature is currently debating the state budget, which is due by June 30.

“The state House has been advancing legislation to strengthen our communities and help Pennsylvanians of all ages at an ambitious pace,” McClinton said. “I’m proud of the work the House has been able to achieve so far this legislative session and am hopeful about what we’ll continue to accomplish.”

“I look forward to working with all my colleagues on important matters that affect the lives of all Pennsylvanians. A lot of important conversations need to happen within our state legislature, especially as we begin drafting this year’s budget, and it’s my honor to serve as a strong voice for the people of Delaware County,” Boyd said.

Boyd will receive her committee assignments in the coming weeks.

After last year’s reapportionment process, the 163rd District consists of Darby and Upper Darby, Aldan, Clifton Heights and Collingdale.

Stender said on Facebook, “Thank You!! I am humbled by your support! I will work hard for the 108th District.”

With the addition of Stender and Boyd, the state House is now at its full 203-member complement.

Democrats spent $1 million to elect Boyd, who defeated Republican Katie Ford. The seat was vacated by former Rep. Mike Zabel, a Democrat, who faced allegations of sexual impropriety from female colleagues and a lobbyist.

Stender was elected to fill the seat formerly held by Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, who was elected to the state Senate in the 27th District, which includes parts of Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, and Snyder counties.

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