Joseph Lagana just got a promotion in the New Jersey Legislature.
The three-term member of the state Assembly moved to the Legislature’s upper house Thursday when he was sworn in as the newest member of the state Senate.
Lagana, an attorney who lives in Paramus, will represent north Jersey’s 38th legislate district — the same district he’s represented in the Assembly since 2014. It includes parts of Bergen and Passaic counties.
Democratic committee members in those counties chose Lagana this week to fill Gordon’s seat, picking him over his fellow Democrat and district mate, Assemblyman Tim Eustace.
Lagana — a former Paramus council president — will now have to win a special election in November for the remaining three years on Gordon’s Senate seat.
Eustace announced this week he is also leaving the Assembly — to take a job with the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission.
That means both Assembly seats in the 38th District are now vacant.
Democratic committee members from Bergen and Passaic counties will soon meet again to choose replacements to Lagana and Eustace.
Whoever wins will have to run in November for the final year of their Assembly terms.
Also Thursday, Pedro Mejia, a small business owner from Secaucus who had never held elected office before, was sworn in to become the newest member of the Assembly — and the first-ever Dominican-American to serve in the state Legislature.
Mejia replaces former Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-Hudson, who resigned in February to become the new head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
Mejia, a Democrat, will represent north Jersey’s 32nd legislative district, which includes parts of Bergen and Hudson counties.