Nunavut's newest MLA was sworn in just in time for the start of this legislative sitting.

Alexander Sammurtok took his oath before territorial commissioner Edna Elias Thursday morning in the chamber of the legislative assembly.

The member for Rankin Inlet South tied with former cabinet minister Lorne Kusugak in the October general election. He then defeated Kusugak in a byelection last month.

Sammurtok worked for both the governments of Nunavut and Northwest Territories. He is also a former mayor of Whale Cove.

Sammurtok admits there will be a learning curve in his new position.

“It's gonna be a learning experience for me, but I'll be voicing all the concerns had talked to me about. It won't be on a daily basis but I'll pass them through.”

One of his goals as an MLA is to push for a 24-hour medical care facility in Rankin Inlet.

The fourth assembly resumed sitting Thursday in Iqaluit. The sitting is expected to last for about three weeks.