HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, was sworn in today to a fifth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today to a fifth term as the 38th House District representative in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, took the oath of office today to begin his 11th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – Starting her 11th term as the first black female to hold a leadership post in the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s history, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., took the oath of office for the 2015-16 legislative session vowing to fight for increased education funding, raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and ensuring equal opportunity for all citizens. Selected by her peers as House Democratic Caucus secretary, Youngblood now holds a key spot on the leadership team, with the added duties of helping chart and implement strategy and direction for House Democrats. First elected in 1994, Youngblood said she will continue to fight for the principles and priorities that put people first. And she stated that becoming the first black female to hold a leadership position in the history of the Pennsylvania legislature comes with a responsibility to focus on issues that support working families, including ensuring that every Pennsylvanian obtains equal pay for equal work, along with employment protection for pregnant and sick employees. “I am honored to be elevated by my fellow Democrats to their leadership team,” Youngblood said. “With the help of Governor-elect Tom Wolfe, we are enthusiastic about a change in direction and priorities from the previous administration, which failed the students of Philadelphia, and students all across the commonwealth, by short-changing needed Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, was sworn in today to represent the people of the 72nd Legislative District for the 2015-16 legislative session.“I am privileged to represent Cambria County at such a crucial time for our state,” Burns said. “I look forward to working with Governor-elect Wolf and my colleagues in making Pennsylvania a better place to live and work.”As a result of the legislative redistricting process, Burns welcomes the following Cambria County municipalities to the 72nd District: the townships of Elder, Chest, White, Reade, Muster, Clearfield, Dean, East Carroll, Allegheny, Gallitzin, Cresson, Washington, Portage, Summerhill, and the boroughs of Ashville, Chest Springs, Patton, Carrolltown, Ebensburg, Loretto, Gallitzin, Cresson, Lilly, Portage, Tunnelhill and Wilmore.Burns invites Cambria County residents to visit his newly designed web page, www.pahouse.com/Burns for information about constituent services. Residents can either visit his district office located at 535 Fairfield Ave., Johnstown (Lower Yoder) or call 814-536-8400, or his Ebensburg office located at 119 S. Center St. or call 814-472-8021.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, was sworn in today to represent the people of the 148th Legislative District for the 2015-2016 legislative session. Daley said some of her legislative priorities include making online voter registration a reality in Pennsylvania and for employers to provide private, sanitary space for nursing mothers to pump breast milk."These issues are just two of the bigger issues that could make a difference not only with my constituents, but with people across the Commonwealth," Daley said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues as well as Governor-elect Wolf to make Pennsylvania a better place to live."Daley invites her constituents to visit her newly redesigned webpage, www.pahouse.com/MDaley, for more information on her legislative priorities, outreach programs, and mobile office hours. Residents can also visit her constituent services office, located at 815 Fayette St., Suite 200, Conshohocken, or call her office at 610-832-1679.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer today began his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will represent the relocated 22nd Legislative District in the 2015-2016 legislative session.Schweyer said his legislative priorities include properly funding public schools and supporting affordable access to higher education, including the DREAM Act.Prior to his election, Schweyer worked as director of community and government affairs for Sacred Heart Hospital. He also served as chief of staff for former state Rep. Jennifer L. Mann and as legislative assistant for state Sen. Lisa M. Boscola and state Rep. Steve Samuelson. Later, Schweyer became the youngest member of Allentown City Council when he took office in 2008.“As a longtime resident of Allentown, I look forward to representing my friends and neighbors,” Schweyer said. “Both sides of the aisle need to work together on the issues that matter most to everyone; not just in my district, but across the Commonwealth.The 22nd Legislative District took over sections of Center City Allentown from the old 132nd District due to the legislative redistricting process. The district includes the city’s South Side and a portion of the East Side. Before redistricting, the 22nd district was across the state in the Pittsburgh area. Schweyer invites Allentown residents to visit his newly redesigned webpage, www.pahouse.com/Schweyer, for information about constituent Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a state Capitol ceremony Tuesday, state Rep. Daniel McNeill was sworn in to his second term representing the 133rd Legislative District.McNeill said equitable education funding, economic development and job creation will continue to be his priorities.“Economic development and job creation are not possible without quality education,” McNeill said. “Adequately funding our education system will benefit not only our students, but will open doors for innovation and prosperity.”McNeill and his staff take pride in providing top-notch constituent service. His constituent office is at 1080 Schadt Ave. in Whitehall. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 610-266-1273.The 133rd Legislative District consists of parts of Lehigh County, including part of the city of Bethlehem; the boroughs of Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill; Hanover Township; and parts of Salisbury and Whitehall townships.### Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a state Capitol ceremony Tuesday, state Rep. Kevin Boyle was sworn in to his third term representing the 172nd Legislative District.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January."Today I was honored to be sworn in to represent the people of the 172nd Legislative District for the third time," Boyle said. "In the upcoming session, I plan to continue working to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”Boyle will serve as the co-vice chairman of Philadelphia County Delegation in the House of Representatives for the new legislative session. The delegation focuses on issues and legislation to improve the lives of Philadelphia citizens.Boyle’s constituent services offices are located at 7801-A Hasbrook Ave., which can be reached at (215) 695-1016, and at 7420 Frankford Ave., which can be reached at (215) 331-2600.Constituents can also visit his website at www.pahouse.com/KBoyle for information on various state-related services and programs.### Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today took the oath of office for her second term as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving the 103rd Legislative District, which includes Harrisburg, Steelton, Highspire, Paxtang and parts of Swatara Township. "I am passionate about public service and eager to make government responsive to my constituents," Kim said. "I will continue to be accessible and available to my residents and fight for what’s best in their interest."During her first term in the legislature, Kim introduced a number of important pieces of legislation, including a bill to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. She said she will continue to lead the charge for a livable wage in the new session.Kim's constituent service office is located at 8 S. Front St., Steelton, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 717-986-1673. Her Capitol office is Room G-01 Irvis Building, Harrisburg; open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; phone 717-783-9342.She can be contacted via e-mail at RepKim@pahouse.net and her website is www.pahouse.com/Kim. She also provides updates online at www.facebook.com/RepPattyKim and www.twitter.com/RepPattyKim.### Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a ceremony at the state Capitol Tuesday, state Rep. Margo Davidson was sworn in to her third term representing the 164th Legislative District in Delaware County.Davidson said her priorities for the 2015-16 legislative session include keeping taxes low, working to restore education funding and encouraging job creation through small business development in Delaware County. She said she and her staff also pride themselves on providing exceptional service to her constituents."I am excited and honored to continue working for the great people of 164th Legislative District,” Davidson said. “In addition to serving as my constituents' voice in Harrisburg, I am committed to connecting people to state services that can help them and their families.“I am further humbled by the fact that a full busload of my constituents saw fit to come to Harrisburg today to witness me being sworn in for the third time. I’m grateful that people are still excited about my service on their behalf.”Her constituent service office, located in the Barclay Square Shopping Center, 1500 Garrett Road, announced new hours. Davidson’s office is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Davidson represents the 164th Legislative District, which includes five municipalities in Delaware County – Upper Darby, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Millbourne and Yeadon.For more information on how to access state Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today took the oath of office for his first term as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving the 179th Legislative District. "I am passionate about public service and eager to make government responsive to my constituents," Dawkins said. "My main goal will be to improve the lives of citizens in our neighborhoods. While working on state level issues, I will always consider how each bill affects the residents of my district on a local level.”Before his election into the legislature, Dawkins served as recreation liaison and special projects director for Philadelphia’s 7th Councilmanic District, where he led the redevelopment of nine recreational facilities in previously underserved neighborhoods. As a senior legislative aide to Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, he helped craft legislation to create a city land bank to streamline the sale and productive use of roughly 40,000 vacant properties in the city.Dawkins’ legislative priorities include ensuring that all children have access to the best educational opportunities; public safety, especially for children; fighting poverty; job creation; improving transportation infrastructure; and properly funding mass transit.His constituent service office is located at 4915 Frankford Ave. and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 215-744-7901.Constituents can visit his Read more
"I’m revved up and ready to get to work with my House colleagues and Governor-elect Tom Wolf and his new administration to help the hardworking men and women in Pennsylvania, many of whom have been forgotten during the past four years." Read more
“We certainly have a lot of challenges facing us during the new session, and I look forward to working with Governor-elect Tom Wolf in getting rid of the multibillion-dollar budget deficit left by the previous administration, as well as re-establishing tax fairness and restoring state education funding.” Read more
State Rep. Mark Longietti today was sworn in for a fifth, two-year term representing the 7th Legislative District in Mercer County during a ceremony at the state Capitol that started the 2015-16 legislative session. Longietti, D-Mercer, will look to extend his eight-year record of perfect attendance when the House is in session.
"My constituents sent me to Harrisburg to represent their best interests and that means looking out for the working men and women, senior citizens and students in Allegheny County. Ensuring that our communities are safe is a priority of mine, as well as encouraging economic development and job opportunities for everyone." Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 -- State Rep. Gerald Mullery started his third term representing the 119th Legislative District when he was sworn in during a ceremony today at the state Capitol that marked the beginning of the 2015-16 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Mullery, D-Newport Township, said property tax elimination, economic development, legislative reform, good schools, environmental protection, safe communities and Second Amendment rights will continue to be his priorities. “My constituents have consistently told me they want relief from property taxes,” Mullery said. “I will continue to support efforts to eliminate property tax for homeowners.” Mullery said he’s hopeful momentum will continue to build for legislation that would shift funding for public education from property taxes to increases in sales and income taxes. Mullery has co-sponsored legislation during his first two terms in office to eliminate property taxes for homeowners. Since taking office, Mullery has set an example for legislative reform by returning to the state treasury automatic cost-of-living raise state lawmakers automatically receive under a 1995 law, and voluntarily paid 10 percent of his salary toward health benefits since he took office. He introduced a bill in the last past two legislative session to eliminate automatic COLAs. Mullery also has offered measures that would have eliminated per diems and required House Read more
State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, was sworn in today during ceremonies at the state Capitol to begin his 11th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving the 9th Legislative District. The state constitution requires each term of the legislature to begin on the first Tuesday of the year. "I’m honored that residents of the 9th Legislative District have trusted me to continue to represent them in the General Assembly," Sainato said. "It’s an honor to be their voice in Harrisburg.” Demonstrating his commitment to public service, Sainato has not missed a session day since he was first elected. The 9th Legislative District consists of New Castle City, Hickory, Mahoning, Neshannock, North Beaver, Pulaski, Shenango and Union townships and Bessemer, S.N.P.J. and South New Castle boroughs. Sainato has been reappointed by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody to serve as minority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session. Sainato said staff at his local office, located at Z-Penn Building, 20 S. Mercer St., New Castle, is available to help constituents with any state-related issue. The phone number is 724-656-1112. Sainato also invites residents to visit his website -- www.pahouse.com/Sainato -- which has links to information on state services and includes a form that allows constituents to e-mail him. Read more
ALLENTOWN, Jan. 6 – Focusing on constituent service and a fresh start for Pennsylvania schools and families, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Leigh, today began his second term representing the 132nd Legislative District after taking the oath of office. "Between the $2 billion budget deficit and bad decisions by the outgoing administration that have harmed our seniors, kids, public schools and workers, Harrisburg needs a fresh start," Schlossberg said. "There is a lot to be done to put Pennsylvania on a more productive path, but I am ready to get to work." Schlossberg said he will work with the incoming governor and his colleagues across the aisle to ensure the state is honoring its commitment to community schools, fostering a strong economy and creating opportunities for all Pennsylvania families. Schlossberg said he also intends to continue fighting for women’s health and equality for all Pennsylvanians. Schlossberg said he is also committed to improving Pennsylvania’s economy by continuing the work he started by voting to support investments in the commonwealth’s roads and bridges while continuing to bolster health care and manufacturing industries which are the two largest employment sectors in the 132nd District. Due to constitutionally mandated reapportionment, Schlossberg will represent the newly configured 132nd District, which now includes parts of South Whitehall and Allentown's East Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware, was reappointed by Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session. Vitali served as Democratic chairman of the committee during the 2013-14 legislative session.In addition to advancing energy and environmental legislation, the committee oversees the state departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources.“This appointment puts me in a position to be a strong voice for good environmental policy,” Vitali said. "I thank Democratic leadership for their trust and I look forward to working on environmental initiatives.”Vitali plans to introduce five bills to help protect the environment. The bills would:Require electric distribution companies, such as PECO and PPL, to buy more of their power from wind, solar and other clean energy sources.Require rents and royalties from oil and gas leases on commonwealth-owned land to be used exclusively for conservation, recreation, dams or flood control projects.Provide $25 million per year to the now-defunct PA Sunshine Solar Program. The solar program has provided rebates to homeowners and small businesses that install solar systems.Impose a moratorium on additional leasing of state lands for natural gas drilling, exploration or production.Encourage electric and natural gas distribution utilities to implement energy efficiency and Read more
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