COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – John Boccieri was sworn in as the 56th District House Representative at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday.
After an unanimous vote among Democratic lawmakers, Boccieri stood by his wife, kids and mother as he took his oath to represent Ohioans. He fills the vacant seat left behind by Ron Gerberry who was convicted of ethics violations.
This is not Boccieri’s first time serving Ohioans.
He previously served as state representative, senator and even served in Congress.
His previous time in office left a lasting impression on House Minority Leader Representative Fred Strahorn.
“Why you want somebody like John to this job is because they put the people they serve before themselves,” he said.
As the newest lawmaker, Boccieri promises to work across party lines to get things done.
“I look forward to working with each one of you to find out our differences, our similarities and ways we can come together to find a middle ground,” he told the other representatives.
Boccieri was one of two new representatives sworn in today. The other will represent those living in the Sandusky area.