Murphy takes oath in moving ceremony
NEW PORT RICHEY – Newly elected state Rep. Amanda Murphy took the oath of office Friday in a ceremony in front of family and friends that had her fighting back tears.
“I still tear up when I think about it. It’s a huge responsibly,” the Democrat said after the 20-minute swearing-in at the Pasco County Commission chambers.
Tax Collector and former state Rep. Mike Fasano opened with a prayer. Murphy’s daughter, Savannah Stacy, 20, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. About 50 to 75 attended, Democrats and Republicans.
Circuit Court Judge Frank Grey held a Bible that belonged to Murphy’s now-deceased brother as Grey administered the oath.
“A few people in the audience were crying,” recounted Murphy, who won a special election in October to succeed Fasano for the District 36 seat.
Fasano stepped down in August to become tax collector, leading to the special election. Murphy defeated Republican pastor Bill Gunter.
“Usually, I try to keep it fun and light, but it was so special,” she said. “I asked my friends and supporters to stand by my side and ensure that I do what I said I was going to do.”