BOSTON – Steven G. Xiarhos of West Barnstable was officially sworn in today to serve as State Representative for the 5th Barnstable District.
Governor Charlie Baker administered the oath of office to Xiarhos and other newly-elected legislators during a ceremony at the State House in Boston. The ceremony marked the beginning of the 192nd Massachusetts General Court. According to the Constitution, sessions of the General Court begin on the first Wednesday in January each year, and members of the House of Representatives and Senate serve a two-year term of office.
“I am tremendously humbled and honored to take office as State Representative,” Xiarhos said in a statement shortly after the ceremony. “Mostly, I am eager to get down to business serving the people of the 5th Barnstable District. I plan to work very hard on their behalf to make Cape Cod a better place to live and work.”
Xiarhos said he has been busy preparing to file several bills over the next few weeks for consideration by the House this session. He also intends to file a series of amendments to the state budget, which traditionally is considered by the House in April. He intends to release more information about those plans over the coming days.
“The Legislature has a lot of important business before it, and I look forward to being part of the discussion,” Xiarhos said. Among his priorities are seeking ways to deal with the public health and economic effects of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, criminal justice reform, and ways to support municipal services including education.
About Steven Xiarhos
Steven Xiarhos is a resident of West Barnstable and was elected to serve as State Representative for the 5th Barnstable District at the General Election on November 3, 2020.
Steve spent forty years serving the people of Cape Cod as a member of the Yarmouth Police Department, retiring in late 2019 from the position of Deputy Chief of Police. Throughout his career, Steve attended numerous specialized training courses and is a graduate of the Babson College Command Training Course and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. He is the recipient of 22 various police department awards and decorations including Officer of the Year, Yarmouth Area Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year, Rotary Club of Yarmouth Vocational Service Award, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Officer of the Year, and the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission Rosenthal Award.
Steve also remains active in many charitable and civic causes. This includes, but is not limited to, the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund (which was created in memory of Steve’s son, Nick, who was a Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2009). Currently, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund and the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation; as well as a Volunteer for Wounded Warrior Project Cape Cod Soldier Ride.
The 5th Barnstable District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives consists of the entire town of Sandwich, plus precincts 11 and 12 in Barnstable, precincts 1, 2, and 7 in Bourne, and precinct 9 in Plymouth.