Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Samara Heavrin addresses the crowd for the first time after being sworn in as 18th District State Representative, as her father, Ray Heavrin, looks on.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Samara Heavrin addresses the crowd for the first time after being sworn in as 18th District State Representative, as her father, Ray Heavrin, looks on.

Leitchfield native Samara Heavrin was sworn in Monday night as District 18 State Representative.

Heavrin, a Republican, was elected to the position in November to fulfill the remainder of former State Rep. Tim Moore's term, and, at 27-years-old, she became the youngest woman ever elected to serve in the Kentucky General Assembly. She was given her oath of office by Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson before a packed room of supporters on Monday just after 6 p.m.

A Grayson County High School and Western Kentucky University graduate, Heavrin previously interned in U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie's Washington, D.C. office and also worked in U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's Washington, D.C. office and Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball's office.

Guthrie, who attended Monday's swearing in ceremony, said the 18th District, which consists of Grayson County and part of Hardin County, is blessed to have someone it can appreciate and respect as its state representative.

After taking her oath of office, Heavrin said she is "honored and thankful to be your voice in Frankfort."

In an interview with The Grayson County News-Gazette on Thursday, Heavrin said her goals as state representative are to continue to listen to her constituents, be an approachable legislator, and keep the 18th District up to date with what is going on in Frankfort during the upcoming Legislative Session.

She also said she will strive to pass good legislation that is not burdensome and keeps government accountable. Among her top priorities are veterans affairs and workforce development - particularly in seeing the General Assembly continue to pass legislation to strengthen workforce development in rural areas, as well as partnerships between high schools and local businesses.

Heavrin said it is important for students to be aware of all the opportunities available to them and also that the 18th District has opportunities for young people to want to live and work in it.

"I want to use my platform to be able to help people in the district," she said.

Heavrin said becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the Kentucky General Assembly is an incredible feeling, and she hopes November's election will prove a turning point to encourage more young people to seek public office.

"I'm trying to use my youth as an empowerment," she said.

Heavrin said she is excited to get started working in the upcoming Legislative Session, which will begin in January and see the General Assembly, among other things, set the state's budget for the next two fiscal years, and she anticipates pensions, education funding, and infrastructure to be among the top budget items for review.

"I continuously feel like I've been blessed with the opportunity to do this," she said.

With November's election still close in the rear-view mirror, Heavrin is already looking toward the next one. Heavrin's current term will conclude at the end of 2020, and, on Wednesday of this week, she filed to run for re-election in 2020.