Rep. Justin Pierce, R-Mesa, was sworn in at the House of Representatives this morning.
Flanked by family, friends and new legislative colleagues, Pierce stood on the House floor and took the oath of office. The oath was administered by retired Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles “Bud” Jones, for whom Pierce served as a law clerk for a year.
During his speech after the ceremony, Pierce said that he hoped to model himself after Jones.
“What I learned from him…was about how a public servant should carry himself,” he said. “I never heard a disparaging word come out of his mouth about anybody.”
After the speech, Pierce said that he was glad the week-long “waiting game” between his nomination at the meeting of the Legislative District 19 precinct committeemen, the meeting of the Board of Supervisors and now the swearing-in was over.
“It’s been tremendous getting to this point,” Pierce said. “I’m glad it’s finally done. I’m ready to get to work.”