Avery Bourne takes the oath of office

State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) was sworn in today to her first term as 95th District State Representative. Bourne recently received selection to the seat vacated by former State Representative Wayne Rosenthal, who now heads the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Bourne, a native of Montgomery County, and a law student at Washington University in St. Louis, was sworn in by Judge John Schmidt this morning on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives surrounded by her family, friends, and colleagues.

“I can’t begin to describe what an honor it is to take on the job of serving as State Representative for the people of the 95th district,” Bourne said. “I’m going to hit the ground running today, and work as hard as I can to bring the values of the people of Macoupin, Christian, Montgomery and Madison Counties to the Capitol. It will be the privilege of my life to serve the people of my district and the people of Illinois.”

Joining in the ceremony was House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, who expressed his confidence and support for Rep. Bourne.

“I was proud to stand with Avery Bourne today as she was sworn in as State Representative for the 95th District,” Durkin said. “Avery will bring a lot of energy to our caucus and she’ll offer a fresh perspective on the issues. She will be a strong representative for her district. Her future is very bright and we are proud to welcome her.”

“I’m ready to get started,” Bourne said. “I was proud to work for Representative Rosenthal when he ran for office, and I would be proud to carry on the work that he did as our State Representative. The people of the district will need a strong voice as their Representative in Springfield and I’m ready to serve.”