Lakeville: Newest Republican Massachusetts legislator set to be sworn in

The newest Republican state legislator–who won a special election last month to fill a Massachusetts House seat long held by Democrats– is expected to be sworn in this morning.

Keiko Orrall, a Lakeville Republican, will be sworn in at 10:30 Thursday morning, at a formal session.

When she is sworn in, Orrall will bring the number of GOP members in the Massachusetts House to 33 of 140.

Orrall beat out Roger Brunelle, a Middleborough Democrat, to fill the 12th Bristol seat formerly held by Democrat Stephen Canessa until he stepped down from the House in June to take a job with Southcoast Health System.

Orrall’s win is another indication of the growing strength of Republicans in the House, where the GOP more than doubled its numbers in last year’s election.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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