Democrat Dan Miller will be the new state legislator in the 42nd House district that has been without representation for more than five months.
Miller, a special education attorney, defeated two other contenders in a special election Tuesday. He will succeed Democrat Matt Smith who held that House seat for six years.
In November Smith did win a fourth two-year term in the House, but he also captured the 37th Senate district contest, defeating Republican D Raja. Smith resigned the House seat in January before he was sworn in as a state senator. That necessitated the special election in the 42nd legislative district.
The three-way race pitted Miller, Republican Dan Remely and Libertarian George Brown against one another. The 40-year-old Miller received 57 percent of the vote to Remely’s 37.4 percent and Brown’s 5.5 percent.
The 42nd legislative district includes Green Tree, Mt. Lebanon, Rosslyn Farms, Thornburg and parts of Bethel Park and Scott Township.
Allegheny County elections officials are expected to certify the results within two weeks, and Miller would be eligible to be sworn into office immediately thereafter.