Burns sworn in to seventh term as state representative

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – Looking forward to building on his reputation as a social and fiscal conservative willing to tackle important local issues, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, was sworn in today for a seventh term representing the 72nd Legislative District.

Burns, D-Cambria, said he’ll continue to work every day in the best interests of the people of Cambria County, and is committed to being their voice in the halls of Harrisburg and beyond.

“I’m honored that the people of Cambria County continue to place their faith and trust in me,” Burns said. “The people of our communities are strong, hardworking, decent people who deserve the very best the state can offer. Nothing is more important to me than protecting their interests – both here at home and in Harrisburg. I’m not afraid to stand up for them, and they know I won’t back down.”

At the same time, Burns said he’ll continue focusing on his priorities of working to bring industry and family sustaining jobs to Cambria County, rebuilding the state’s economy, keeping neighborhoods crime-free, providing law enforcement with needed resources and legal protections, ensuring safe schools and a thriving workforce, and combatting the opioid crisis with efforts that include going after drug dealers.

The 72nd Legislative District includes part of Cambria County consisting of the townships of Allegheny, Cambria, Chest, Clearfield, Cresson, Croyle, Dean, East Carroll, East Taylor, Elder, Gallitzin, Jackson, Lower Yoder, Middle Taylor, Munster, Portage, Reade, Summerhill, Upper Yoder, Washington and White; and the boroughs of Ashville, Carrolltown, Cassandra, Chest Springs, Cresson, Ebensburg, Gallitzin, Lilly, Loretto, Patton, Portage, Sankertown, Tunnelhill (Cambria County portion) and Wilmore.

Today’s swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 205th legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January.