Once A Staffer, Kyle Mullins Now Takes Oath As Legislator
Kyle Mullins didn’t need anyone to show him around the Capitol, but the building certainly felt different than before.
After a decade as a state Senate staffer, Mullins, 33, of Blakely, began life as a member of the state House on New Year’s Day. He took the oath of office as the new representative of the 112th House District. He succeeds former Rep. Kevin Haggerty, who did not seek re-election.
Mullins’ wife, Lauren, son, Conor, and other family members and friends watched as he took the oath.
“I feel very ready to do the job after having worked in a legislative capacity for 11 years,” he said Wednesday. “Nothing can prepare you for the excitement and the honor I felt yesterday ... It’s the honor of a lifetime. It is an oath that I took on behalf of every man, woman and child of the 112th district and it’s an oath I take very seriously. That trust that I’ve been sent to Harrisburg with is something that I’ll get up with in the morning and remember each day, whether in Harrisburg casting votes and sponsoring legislation or back home in the district.”
After graduating from West Chester University in 2007, Mullins worked two years as a research analyst for Senate Democrats, two years as a legislative assistant to a Philadelphia state senator and seven years as legislator director for state Sen. John Blake, D-22, Archbald. He defeated Republican Ernest Lemoncelli in the Nov. 6 election.
Mullins said he hopes to land assignments on the House education and transportation committees, but House leaders haven’t announced committee memberships yet. Representatives serve two-years terms with a salary this year of $88,610.42.
The 112th District includes all or parts of central city, the Hill Section and South Scranton, and Archbald, Blakely, Dunmore, Jessup, Olyphant and Throop boroughs.
Mullins said he will keep open the 112th’s office at the Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore, but is looking for a more centrally located second office. He closed the 112th’s office in Archbald, he said.
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