Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) took the official oath of office Monday and will begin serving his first term in the Pennsylvania Senate representing residents of Adams, Franklin, Cumberland and York counties. He replaces Richard Alloway, who resigned in February.
“The citizens of the 33rd District can count on me to fight for them and to defend the conservative values of south-central Pennsylvania,” said Mastriano, a retired U.S. Army colonel and combat veteran.
After 30 years on active duty, Mastriano retired from the U.S Army in November 2017. He was commissioned in 1986, served along the Iron Curtain, witnessed the end of Cold War, served in Operation Desert Storm to liberate Kuwait and was deployed three times to Afghanistan.
“As a soldier, I faced the Soviets, the Iraqi Guard and the Taliban,” said Mastriano. “I will not have trouble standing up to those who want to waste taxpayer money, limit the Second Amendment or void the rights of the unborn.”
Mastriano declined the taxpayer-funded pension and plans to propose a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” to limit state spending.
“We should protect our people from excessive taxes and regulations. It’s time to say ‘no’ to more government spending, taxes and regulations,” said Mastriano. “I’ll vote against new taxes, period – we pay enough. I’ll fight to get the government off of our backs and out of our wallets.”
Mastriano was joined by his wife Rebecca, son Josiah and friends at the swearing-in ceremony.
“I’m pleased to welcome a new member who is committed to fiscal responsibility and government accountability,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25). “Senator Mastriano has spent his career defending our nation. The Senate is fortunate to have a public servant of his caliber join us as we work together to make Pennsylvania a stronger state.”
Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman added: “We are pleased to welcome to our caucus an individual who has such an impressive background in serving his community and defending our nation. Senator Mastriano’s commitment to public service at all levels and his passion for ensuring that government works for people will make him a valued addition to our caucus.”