With family by his side, Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) was sworn in as state representative for the 96th house District today by House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn. Cera, the longest serving member of the House Democratic Caucus, returned to the Statehouse today to officially begin the 132nd General Assembly.

“It is an honor to return to the Statehouse to continue fighting for good paying jobs, quality schools and more opportunity for our community,” said Cera. “We have made progress, but more work needs to be done to ensure eastern Ohioans aren’t overlooked when it comes to state investments and economic growth.”

Cera said that beyond job creation, workforce development and education, he sees other issues like tax policy and the state budget as opportunities to increase economic stability for constituents in his district.

“The budget presents a real opportunity to work across the aisle and get things done that have a measurable impact on people’s lives,” said Cera. “Whether it’s ensuring local communities can keep citizens safe and streets clean, or giving our students and adults the ability to earn the skills they need for jobs of the future, eastern Ohioans will come first for me at the Statehouse.”

A proponent of government accountability and transparency, Cera says he will continue his tradition of having an “open door” policy to his office for local leaders and citizens. It is expected that Cera will receive his committee assignments in the coming weeks, while the governor and legislature prepares to tackle the state’s next operating budget.

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