HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Most newly elected members of the Pennsylvania Legislature have now been sworn in.

Judges administered the oath Tuesday to 25 senators and all but two of the 203 House members. One House member was absent and another vacated his seat after being elected to the Senate.

Among those sworn in were freshmen members Mark Rozzi and Michael Schlossberg.

Rozzi, who was elected to serve the 126th District in Berks County after Dante Santoni announced plans to step down, said he wants to focus on helping the Reading School District and repairing infrastructure.

"It's an exciting time to be a member of the Legislature," said Schlossberg, a former Allentown councilman who is beginning his first term as state representative in the 132nd District. "It's also a challenging time, and I appreciate the opportunity to try and tackle those challenges and do whatever I can to help out the people of Allentown."

Democrat Dan McNeil is also starting his first term in the state House. He replaced former Rep. Joe Brennan on the ballot in the 133rd District after Brennan was arrested on DUI charges.

Lawmakers also re-elected House Speaker Sam Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, both of Jefferson County.

Hundreds of supporters attended the largely ceremonial event at the state Capitol. It was held on New Year's Day for the first time in 22 years because the state constitution requires that it take place on the first Tuesday in January of every other year.

Looming debates in the 2013-14 session are expected to include transportation funding, pension reform and passage of the state budget.