January 27, 2012

(Denver) – Rep. Jonathan Singer was sworn in today, formally becoming the newest member of the state House of Representatives.

Rep. Singer (D-Longmont) took the oath this morning before state Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice and the assembled House.

The House Democratic leader, Rep. Mark Ferrandino, immediately assigned Rep. Singer to the Economic & Business Development Committee.

Rep. Singer was selected on Saturday by a vacancy committee of the Boulder County Democratic Party. The former Boulder County social caseworker was selected to serve out the term of Deb Gardner, who resigned her House District 11 seat to become a Boulder County commissioner.

“I come from a background in social work, where we stand up for people who can’t always speak for themselves,” the newly minted legislator said in his first speech from the well. “I think that’s the embodiment of this House. We’re the voice of people who don’t have the same opportunities that we do.”

He pledged to work to “provide good jobs for Colorado, better opportunity for our residents and a better future for our kids.”

Rep. Singer’s presence restores the 33-32 margin by which the Republicans control the House.

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