Guenst takes House oath of office for first term

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Nancy Guenst took the oath of office at the state Capitol Tuesday to begin her first term representing the 152nd District in Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

The noon swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Guenst will receive committee assignments later in the month.

"I’m looking forward to serving more of my neighbors – and the rest of the commonwealth – in public office, ensuring that our state laws and institutions are meeting the needs of everyone across communities in Southeast PA and all over the commonwealth.

“I’m humbled to begin my first term of serving the 152nd, and I want everyone to know that my office is always open to them. I pledge to be a fair voice for all in Harrisburg.”

Guenst’s office staff can help constituents of the 152nd Legislative District with issues involving PennDOT, home heating, children’s health insurance, prescription drug plans, the Pennie health insurance exchange, the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program, and more.

To schedule an in-person appointment in her Hatboro office, residents interested can call 215-259-5962 or email Most services can be provided telephonically, virtually or via email exchange.

Guenst pursued her undergraduate education at Montgomery County Community College and the Defense Language Institute. In 1976, she joined the Army and served from 1977 to 1979 as an analyst and German translator at Field Station Berlin. She has extensive training in emergency management, and public safety is a major concern to her. As a veteran, she understands the challenges that veterans face in life after service and will fight to protect Pennsylvania’s veterans and secure more funding for their health care and benefits.

From 2007-2017 she served Hatboro as a councilwoman, chairing the Parks and Recreation committee in addition to serving as the council’s vice-president during her last two years. In 2010 while a member of borough council, Guenst introduced the Human Relations Ordinance, which was approved by council but vetoed by the mayor. In 2017, she ran for mayor and the ordinance was passed again and she signed it. Hatboro now prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or both, race, religion, or disability.

Washington County Judge Brandon Neuman, a former House member, administered the oath of office during the House ceremony Tuesday, which featured new Covid-19 safety protocol in the House this year.