Maine's 129th State Legislature gets sworn in

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Fresh faces filled the chambers at the State House as the 129th Maine Legislature was sworn in.

Sara Gideon will serve her second term as Speaker of the House.

She says she's ready to reset and have a fresh start with the new legislature.

Over in the Senate, Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) has been elected Senate President.

"I'm aware of the enormity of this distinction," says Jackson. "I'm also very aware of the complex challenges that lay ahead, but I believe that I am at this today because I lead with my heart, and that's what I intend to do this session."

Jackson will preside over a Senate with more than a third of first-term Senators, including Matt Pouliot (R-Augusta), and Erin Herbig (D-Belfast).

Pouliot says he's excited to start working, especially on student loan debt relief and lowering property taxes.

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to help improve many different areas of policy in Maine," says Pouliot. "We need to make sure that we're competitive and a great place for families to live and people to work and raise a family."

Herbig says she wants to expand the opportunities for young people in Maine and grow the economy.

"I'm really excited for the next 2 years," says Herbig. "I thought a great tone was set today, and I really look forward to continuing the good work that we do here. I'm ready to get into it, get into the nuts and bolts, and make people's lives better here in Maine."

For the Constitutional offices, Aaron Frey was elected as attorney general, Henry Beck was elected as treasurer, and Matt Dunlap was re-elected to his fourth term as Secretary of State.

Maine's Chief Justice Leigh Saufley delivered the oath of office to lawmakers today.

The governor typically does that, but a spokesperson says he had back surgery scheduled for today.