Today Keith Rothfus will officially become the representative of the 12th Congressional District.
Rothfus, an Allegheny County Republican, said it is starting to set in that he will be a congressman starting at noon today.
“They sent me the picture of my name on the door of our office,” he said. “It is still a little surreal to be on the threshold of being sworn in, but it’s exciting.”
He said he expects the nervousness to quickly go away as there is a lot of work to be done. He is still hiring staff and working to set up district offices.
“We are so busy the nerves will fade away pretty quickly,” he said.
Rothfus named his campaign manager, Jon Raso, as his district director and Armstrong Robinson as his chief of staff. Robinson previously worked for U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky.
Rothfus said he will have three district offices: in North Hills, Beaver County and Johnstown. He is planning to find a location in Somerset to hold office hours.
“We’ve identified places,” he said. “We are still working on leases, hiring local staff.”
Rothfus said it is a priority of his to establish district offices so his staff can begin offering constituent services. He has also been following congressional matters, including the debate over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
“The president got the tax increase he wanted,” he said. “Now we need to start controlling spending and grow the economy.”