HARTFORD—Getting the state’s budget back in the black and unemployed Connecticut residents back to work are top priorities for Melissa Ziobron, who was sworn in today as state representative for the 34th General Assembly District covering East Haddam, East Hampton and a portion of Colchester.
Ziobon was among eight freshman Republican legislators who took the oath, administered by the Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, to serve their districts over a two-year term. Ziobron, who campaigned on a platform of common sense ideas, was elected to the newly drawn legislative district in November.
“Today was my first day officially representing the interests of my constituents and I could not be more excited. I realize that when people checked my name off on the ballot in November, they were putting a lot of trust in me,” Ziobron said. "That's something I will always remember for as long as I am blessed to serve."
During the day Governor Malloy addressed House and Senate members. Malloy's speech touched mainly on the Newtown tragedy and the economic struggles that continue to face Connecticut.
This session the legislature will be tasked with crafting a new two-year state budget that will fix the persistent deficits hampering economic recovery and the unemployment rate that remains well about the national average.
"Today was great; it was special to have my family with me, to be in the historic state capitol and to witness the ceremony of the day. But now it is time to get to work improving our state; we have so much to do," Ziobron added.
Ziobron serves on the legislature’s committees on Environment, Public Health and Appropriations.