HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, began her second term representing the 50th Legislative District today after taking the oath of office. "It is an honor to represent the residents of the 50th District in 2015," Snyder said. “I’m eager to get to work on their behalf because Pennsylvania needs new ideas on energy, public education, family incomes and the state budget.” Snyder said she plans to build on her efforts as a freshman lawmaker that won bipartisan support, including her legislation that ensures a state role in meeting federal mandates affecting energy supplies. “I am committed to being a responsible advocate for southwestern Pennsylvania and working effectively for citizens and communities in the district, as well as the commonwealth as a whole,” Snyder said. “We found common ground on critical energy legislation, and the same focus will produce dividends on fixing the $2 billion shortfall in the state budget and addressing unfair education funding and school property taxes.” Her legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Snyder, features legislative and local information, including her district and Harrisburg offices, and enables constituents to sign up for email updates on state government and regional issues. Constituents also may follow Snyder via her legislative Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepSnyder, and legislative Twitter account, Read more
At a ceremony at the state Capitol Tuesday, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., was sworn in for his second term in the state House of Representatives, marking the beginning of the 199th legislative session.
"Pennsylvania is facing serious issues that must be addressed, both in Philadelphia and Harrisburg," Harris said. Read more
State Rep. Bill Keller, D-Phila., has begun his 12th term representing residents of the 184th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was also appointed by the House Democratic Leader to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, was sworn in today to his 13th term in the House of Representatives, where he will continue to serve as Democratic Whip, second in command in the House Democratic Caucus. "I’m looking forward to working with Democrats, Republicans and Governor-elect Tom Wolf to forge a fresh start in Pennsylvania," Hanna said. "It’s no secret that the commonwealth was left a fiscal mess, and fixing it will be the priority." Hanna’s colleagues elected him to a third two-year term as Democratic whip in November. As whip, he assists party leaders in coordinating the caucus in its responses to legislation and other matters. "I will be relentless in seeking solutions to problems and issues affecting the 76th Legislative District and all of Pennsylvania," said Hanna, who said he will be focusing on sound fiscal policies, state and local tax reform, education and agricultural and rural issues as the General Assembly’s two-year session evolves. "Everyone is geared to getting Pennsylvania out of its rut and moving forward," said Hanna, after participating in the swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol that marked the start of the 2015-16 legislative session. Hanna has served in the state legislature since 1991. He is a graduate of Lock Haven High School, Lock Haven University and earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, D-Phila., today began his 14th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will continue to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Commerce Committee. "With the multibillion dollar budget deficit and other issues facing us in the areas of public education and community development, there is a lot to get done this session," Thomas said. "I look forward to working with Gov.-elect Tom Wolf to resolve these problems and to put Pennsylvania on the path for a productive future for all." Thomas also returns to another term as Democratic chairman of the Commerce Committee, where he helps guide legislation and policy involving the banking and financial services industries. As chair of the Commerce Committee, Thomas said he is particularly focused on job creation, retention and stabilization and moving Pennsylvania from 47th in the nation in terms of job growth to first. Thomas' constituent service office is located at 530 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia. The phone number is 215-560-3261. Thomas also invites residents to visit his website –www.pahouse.com/Thomas – which has links to information on state services and includes a form that allows constituents to email him. 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 Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today for a ninth term representing Pittsburgh's 23rd Legislative District. He is also serving for a third term as Democratic caucus chairman, the third-highest ranking member of the caucus leadership. "Pennsylvanians will expect the new legislature to work with Governor-elect Tom Wolf, whose term begins January 20, to address the serious challenges left from Governor Corbett's term, including a $2 billion deficit, the need to restore funding that was cut from K-12 and higher education and Pennsylvania's rock-bottom ranking in job creation. I and other Democrats stand ready to do our part to pass common-sense solutions that Pennsylvanians support, such as a reasonable tax on gas drilling," Frankel said. "Pennsylvanians will also expect bipartisan cooperation on important issues such as the continuing UPMC-Highmark dispute, other health care reform and transparency issues, equal protections for LGBT Pennsylvanians – including in the workplace -- and continued support for proactive women’s health initiatives," added Frankel, co-chair of the Women's Health Caucus. Frankel was first elected to the House in 1998. He previously served as chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation. As a legislator, he has championed numerous initiatives, such as increased funding for mass transit, community and economic development in Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, began her third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremonies in the state Capitol. “I’m eager and prepared to begin charting a new course for the commonwealth,” Davis said. “I am enthusiastic about working with Republicans, Democrats and Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s administration to put Pennsylvania on a better path.” Davis said she will resume her advocacy for property tax reform as well as efforts to improve incomes and outcomes for working families, veterans and retirees. “The new session is a fresh start to correct misplaced priorities and to put Pennsylvania’s fiscal house in order,” Davis said. “Plus, my experience in local government will help to advance policies to promote equitable, livable and sustainable neighborhoods and communities.” Davis has served in the state legislature since 2011 after serving multiple terms on the Bristol Township Council, where she served on its finance, pension, and building, planning and zoning committees. She is a graduate of LaSalle University. “My experience is uniquely matched to the tasks at hand, and I am ready to hit the ground running," Davis said. Residents are encouraged to sign up for email updates from Davis on state issues by visiting her website, www.pahouse.com/Davis, where links to her Facebook and Twitter Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a noon ceremony at the state Capitol today, state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, was sworn in to begin his fifth term representing the people of the 140th Legislative District. Read more
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
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