Saylor sworn in a Pa.’s 56th chief justice

    A day of ceremony at the Pennsylvania Capitol wound down following the swearing-in of Thomas Saylor as the state’s 56th chief justice.

    About 200 people filled the state Supreme Court’s ornate courtroom for Tuesday’s brief late-afternoon ceremony.

    Saylor, a 17-year veteran of the state’s highest court, was sworn in by his predecessor, Ronald Castille, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 last year.

    Earlier in the day, the House of Representatives elected Mike Turzai, the former House Republican leader from Allegheny County, as its new speaker. Also, all but a handful of the lawmakers elected in November were sworn in as proud relatives and friends looked on.

    Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf and outgoing Republican Gov. Tom Corbett were among the many high-ranking state officials who attended the ceremonies.

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