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February 6, 2013

Freshman Rep. Mirra files bills


“Right now the bills are being assigned to certain committees, those committees will debate and discuss the bills and then we’ll vote on them,” Mirra said.

An announcement over who makes up those committees is expected to come today. Mirra said he hopes to be placed on the transportation and/or utilities committee, but as the lone freshman Republican in the 160-member House, he recognizes that he doesn’t have much control over where he ends up, if he is assigned to a committee at all.

Mirra won election in November as the 2nd Essex District representative, succeeding Democrat Harriett Stanley, who had held the seat for 18 years. The 2nd Essex District is comprised of Mirra’s hometown of West Newbury, Newbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac and parts of Boxford and Haverhill.

Prior to winning election, Mirra had no experience in politics and had spent his entire career working in the small business sector. Mirra said the first month has been incredibly busy but described the experience as exciting and fun.

“I thoroughly enjoy it,” Mirra said. “It’s been everything I hoped for and more.”

Mirra has already picked up a symbolic victory with his office placement, however, earning a nice office on the first floor of the State House. The location of a representative’s office on Beacon Hill is considered to symbolize their place on the pecking order, and as a freshman Republican, Mirra expected to start in the basement or somewhere equally unappealing.

“I was expecting a broom closet but I was really lucky,” he said.

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