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HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives has a new speaker, and all but a handful of the lawmakers elected in November have been sworn in.

Mike Turzai, the former House Republican leader from Allegheny County, faced no opposition Tuesday in his election as the new presiding officer.

In brief remarks, Turzai joked that he was the product of a mixed marriage because his father was a Democrat and his mother a Republican. He vowed to consider the viewpoint of the Democratic minority on partisan issues, while acknowledging he has not always done that in the past.

Several legislators were absent and will be sworn in later. In the Senate, only the 25 senators elected in November were sworn in. The other 25 are only midway through their four-year terms.

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