State Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) on New Year’s Day in the state Capitol in Harrisburg took the oath of office to begin a new, two-year term. The local lawmaker says he plans to focus his efforts on enacting policies to promote private-sector job creation, fighting the Commonwealth’s opioid epidemic and addressing the burdensome property tax issue. The state Constitution stipulates the House must convene on the first Tuesday of each year. The first Tuesday this year fell on New Year’s Day, so Rader and other legislators were at the Capitol on the holiday to begin the new legislative session. Rader was joined by his wife, Susan.