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Valley lawmakers sworn in at Statehouse ceremony by Judge Anthony D'Apolito

January 3, 2017
Michele Lepore-Hagan News

Flanked by family in a ceremony at the Statehouse today, state Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) took the oath of office from newly-elected Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony D’Apolito*.

“I am deeply honored to take office, knowing we have a lot of work ahead of us to bring sensible legislation to our state government as well as good-paying jobs and smart growth to our districts,” said Boccieri. “We should rise above any political divide in Columbus to deliver hope for our citizens – let’s get to work for our people.”

Boccieri begins his first official term as state representative after being appointed to fill the 59th House District vacancy in the fall of 2015. A combat veteran and commercial airline pilot, Boccieri has previously served as state representative, state senator and U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 16th Congressional district.

Youngstown lawmaker Michele Lepore-Hagan was also sworn in today to her second term in state legislature. Before being elected to state office, Lepore-Hagan spent over 25 years working at Youngstown State University, where she rose to be the director of the Performing Arts Series.

“I am eager to continue working in this new General Assembly to address issues important to the economic stability of Ohio families,” said Lepore-Hagan. “From ensuring a quality public education for our children to protecting the rights of working people, I remain dedicated to being a voice at the Statehouse for the people of the Mahoning Valley.”

D’Apolito, a former assistant county prosecutor and Juvenile Court administrator, took the bench as a Common Pleas judge Monday, joining his father, Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Lou D’Apolito, as the county’s first-ever father-son countywide judges. The younger D’Apolito beat out Gov. John Kasich’s appointee to the position, Judge Shirley Christian.