FRANKLIN COUNTY — Doug Mastriano was quickly welcomed to the Pennsylvania Senate following his landslide win over Democrat Sarah Hammond Tuesday.
Late last night, Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati called to congratulate Mastriano on his election victory.
However, the new senator is probably not looking at a swearing-in ceremony in the state capitol until at least the first week of June. The election results must first be certified before that happens.
Mastriano took almost 73% of the popular vote in Tuesday’s special election to fill the unexpired seat of 33rd district Sen. Richard Alloway.
Alloway resigned that position mid-term in February. He said at the time he had lost his passion for the job he had so enthusiastically embraced 10 years earlier.
“I cannot wait to start serving the good people of Senate District 33”Douglas Mastriano
Mastriano defeated Democratic candidate Sarah Hammond with 10,794 votes compared to Hammond’s 4,006 votes. In a district where Republicans outnumber Democrats almost 3-1, Mastriano’s victory did not surprise most political experts.
With his wife Rebbie and son Josiah by his side, Mastriano gave a victory speech thanking his family and supporters for the part they played in helping him win the election.
“With your help, friendship and support, we did it,” he said. “I am truly humbled by this moment, and I’m honored that you’ve placed your faith in me.”
He also thanked Hammond, “for standing up to make a difference.”
A Franklin County resident, Mastriano served in the Army for more than 30 years before retiring in 2017.
The district includes Franklin and Adams counties and portions of Cumberland and York counties.