Saturday marks the first day in office for dozens of newly-elected state officials, and St. Joe County Republicans got the ball rolling with a swearing-in ceremony.
Forty-one Republicans from the county are starting new terms, from state representatives all the way to township trustees.
Thirteen of them are new to politics including Timothy Wesco who takes over as the 21st District State Representative.
At 25, he will be the youngest member of the state house.
On the other side of the coin, Richard Mochel was also sworn in Saturday to his 12th term as Madison Township trustee.
His 44 years on the job make him the longest- serving trustee in the state.
Mochel said, "It's something that you're really proud of because if they voted for you for so many years you're thinking that maybe you're doing the right thing."
Wesco said, "I think it gives me a unique voice as a younger member of the caucus to be able to kind of represent what the younger generation is thinking, especially on a longer term with the fiscal issues."
Mochel and Wesco talked to NewsCenter 16 about the township government debate. To read that story, click here.