Khan takes oath for first term

State Rep. Tarik Khan took the oath of office today in the state Capitol to begin his first term representing the 194th Legislative District. The 194th comprises Roxborough, Wissahickon, Andorra, Shawmont, Manayunk, and the majority of East Falls and Chestnut Hill, in the city of Philadelphia.   

The noon swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 207th session of the Pennsylvania House for 2022-23. It featured the largest and most diverse group of first-term legislators in more than a decade.   

 As a frontline nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic, Khan said that his big legislative priority is improving access to health care for marginalized groups, including preserving abortion rights. Khan said his other priorities include fairly funded public education, disability rights, environmental justice and workers’ rights.   

“It’s a dream come true to represent the community that I fell in love with during nursing school,” Khan said. “I learned from my mom, who's also a nurse, that advocacy for our patients should go beyond the bedside. As a legislator, my focus will also be on making the deepest positive impact in our community. I hope to be a health care and public education champion in the legislature and make our community proud.” 

Khan said his office can help residents with various state-related services, including home heating assistance, children’s health insurance, prescription drugs and property tax/rent rebate assistance. Residents can find out more by going to for more information about him and the district.  

Khan will chair the Health Equity Subcommittee for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. He joins 26 new legislators in the Pennsylvania House and will be the first Pakistani American ever sworn into the Pennsylvania legislature and the first advanced practice nurse.