Getting the state’s ailing budget back in the black and unemployed Connecticut residents back to work are top priorities for John Rigby, who was sworn in as state representative for the 63rd General Assembly District covering seven Northwest Corner towns. Rigby was in the House chamber late Wednesday afternoon when Gov. Dan Malloy addressed lawmakers, focusing his remarks on the state’s economic crisis—namely, its estimated $3.5 billion deficit. Over the last two years, House Republicans–Rigby included–drove the debate over the state’s financial shortfalls, contending that spending reductions rather than tax increases should be the starting point in budget-balancing deliberations. That’s a message House Republicans trumpeted in the run-up to Election Day, where support from voters vaulted Rigby to continued membership with a House legislative caucus that picked up 14 seats statewide. The 63rd General Assembly District he represents covers Colebrook, Winsted, North Canaan, Hartland, Barkhamsted, Norfolk and Canaan. House Republicans now control 51 seats, eliminating the super majority status enjoyed by Democrats. Rigby serves on the legislature’s committees on Appropriations and Human Services, and he’s the ranking member of the Labor Committee.