HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, announced he has been appointed to serve as the Democratic chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session. The House Urban Affairs Committee deals with legislation affecting first-, second- and third-class cities and counties in Pennsylvania. Housing and public safety issues also pertain to the work of the committee. The Urban Affairs Committee additionally oversees the Philadelphia Parking Authority. "I am grateful for this opportunity to narrow my focus onto the dire needs of our cities," Caltagirone said. "At a time when there is great financial and economic stress throughout many of our urban areas, I am hopeful my work will help rectify some of their largest problems. "I have no doubt this committee will be ready to hit the ground running to address the many concerns of our first-, second- and third-class cities. As a longtime member of the General Assembly, I believe my senior leadership will provide an asset to the committee as we work together to build a stronger Pennsylvania." Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today that he took the oath of office to begin his fifth term representing the 77th Legislative District. "Representing the Centre Region in the Pennsylvania General Assembly is very humbling," Conklin said. 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 each year. "Lowering and keeping our unemployment rate low is at the top of my priority list," Conklin said. "In addition, I will be fighting to increase public education funding and lower school property taxes that burden so many Centre County residents. "This marks the beginning of a new two-year term and I am ready to hit the ground running." The 77th Legislative District includes Philipsburg, State College borough, Huston and Rush townships, and portions of Ferguson and Patton townships. Conklin has two constituent service centers in his district. The State College service center is located at 301 S. Allen St., Suite 102, and can be reached at (814) 238-5477. The Philipsburg service center is located at 209 E. Presqueisle St. and can be reached at (814) 342-4872. Various resources and links to state programs also are available at www.pahouse.com/Conklin. Read more
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today for a third full term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving residents of the 20th Legislative District. Ravenstahl and other state House members were sworn in at noon. The state constitution requires each term of the legislature to begin on the first Tuesday of the year.
Kinsey will hold a district-office open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at 5952-54 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, and a community inauguration celebration on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Treasurers Banquet Hall, 5547 Germantown Ave. Those interested in attending the inauguration must RSVP by calling 215-849-6592. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, today began his third term as Democratic leader in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as members from across the state took the oath of office at noon in the House chamber to begin the 2015-16 legislative session.The legislature faces the new two-year session with a budget deficit that is estimated to be more than $2 billion and a new governor taking office. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, began his 11th term representing the 55th Legislative District today after taking the oath of office. The swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol marked the beginning of the 199th session of the General Assembly. The oath of office was administered by Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Judith Ference Olson. "I expect the 2015-16 legislative session to be a busy one, not the least of which is working with Tom Wolf, the incoming governor, to address a number of issues, particularly the budget deficit and the state's pension crisis," Petrarca said. "I am ready to get to work." Additionally, Petrarca will serve as Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during this legislative session. The 55th District covers Saltsburg in Indiana County, Leechburg, Apollo and Parks Township in Armstrong County, and Latrobe, Avonmore, Derry, East Vandergrift, Hyde Park, New Alexandria, Oklahoma, Vandergrift, West Leechburg, Youngstown, and Bell, Derry, Loyalhanna, Unity (part) and Washington townships in Westmoreland County. Petrarca has three offices within the district where constituents can get help with any state-related problem or concern: the Latrobe office at 901 Jefferson St.; the Vandergrift office at 239 Longfellow St. and the Derry office at 620 N. Chestnut St. Read more
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
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
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