OLYMPIA -- Dayton attorney Terry Nealey was sworn in Tuesday as the new representative for the 16th Legislative District.
The oath of office was administered in the chamber of the House of Representatives by a longtime friend, Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey. Nealey was accompanied by his wife, Jan, as well as family members and friends.
Nealey was elected to the Position 2 seat in November. He defeated Democratic candidate Laura Grant who had been chosen to fill the seat following the death of her father, Rep. Bill Grant, D-Walla Walla, who had held the position for 22 years.
In a release, Nealey said he is looking forward to starting his first term in office. "It's a new adventure and I am both humbled and honored to be elected to serve. Now it's time to step forward and work for solutions that will help the 16th District."