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Newly elected Assemblyman Mike Gatto was sworn into office by Speaker John A. Pérez today.

The Los Angeles Democrat, a former aide to U.S. Rep Brad Sherman, will represent the 43rd Assembly District, including all or parts of Burbank, Glendale, North Hollywood and Los Angeles.

Gatto takes the seat left vacant by Paul Krekorian's election to the Los Angeles City Council last December. Watch a video of Gatto's swearing-in ceremony here.

Gatto, in a written statement, said he was "deeply honored" to take the Assembly seat, adding, "I look forward to hitting the ground running and working with my colleagues to address the state's most pressing problems."

The 35-year-old Gatto was accompanied at the Capitol by his wife, Danielle, and by his baby daughter, Elliana. His mother and father were among onlookers in the Assembly gallery.

Gatto won the seat in a special election, beating Republican Sunder Ramani by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent. The two will square off again in November's general election.

Gatto's swearing in Thursday gives the Assembly 50 Democrats, 28 Republicans, one independent and one vacant seat in the 63rd Assembly District.

Republican Bill Emmerson of Hemet, who represented AD 63, was sworn in yesterday after easily winning a special election Tuesday to fill the 37th Senate District seat left open when John Benoit was appointed to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Emmerson's move to the Senate gives the upper house 25 Democrats, 14 Republicans and one vacant seat in 15th Senate District, which Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado last represented.


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