HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., is preparing to again squeeze her way into the Pennsylvania Farm Show this year by participating in the Celebrity Milking Contest on Friday, Jan. 11th at 2:30 p.m. "The Pennsylvania Farm Show is one of my favorite events of the year," DeLissio said. "The Celebrity Milking Contest is all good, clean fun, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and pant legs with an eye toward capturing the number one ribbon, all the while bringing much-deserved attention to the state's number one industry.” DeLissio has served for seven years as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and is a city gal, so she brings a different perspective to the country table. She said she is proud as a peacock about her district’s agricultural delights, from local farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture programs, to producers who are part of the PA Preferred program and the many Philadelphia-based urban farms that contribute to a strong, sustainable local food system. The 194 th legislative district is home to the only agricultural high school in the state; only one of three in the nation. "Even though I represent a surburban/urban area, legislators and folks around the commonwealth always tell me how impressed they are with my passion and pride for Philadelphia’s contributions and interests in Pennsylvania’s number one industry," Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta will host a swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the John F. Street Recreation Center, 1100 Poplar St. “I’m looking forward to getting to know my constituents and the problems they’re experiencing that matter most to them,” Kenyatta said. “I want to represent the interests of north Philadelphia in Harrisburg, and make sure that no one feels left behind. I’m ready to get to work on reducing poverty, funding our schools and raising the minimum wage. We have a lot of work to do, but it’s worth it for a better quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.” On Jan. 1, Kenyatta took the oath of office to start his first term as representative of the 181st Legislative District of Philadelphia. He was recently elected vice chairman of the Philadelphia County Delegation. He said he welcomes residents to visit his constituent service office at 1501 N. Broad St., Suite 17, and his website – www.pahouse.com/Kenyatta - which has links to information on state services and includes a form that enables residents to email him. Residents also can follow Kenyatta on Facebook and Twitter . ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: email@example.com Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after seeing reports of racist behavior at the Mummer’s Parade: “The issue we are seeing here is a history of controversial characters and portrayals,” said state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, chairman of the PLBC. “The actions of those involved was intended as a form of comedy, but many viewers on the outside of the event believe it was in poor taste. We want to work on educating the public about how these actions can affect those around them, and how we might be able to better work for the future by working together on this parade as a whole community. The PLBC will continue our fight against acts of racism and fight for non-discriminatory legislation that updates the laws to help combat racism and racist behavior. Even if we cannot defeat it altogether, we should have better laws in place to discourage hateful practices and better educate the public.” “It doesn’t matter if it’s blackface or a black face, racial insensitivity has no place in Philadelphia,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., former chairman of the PLBC and House Democratic Whip. “Sadly, this Parade has a tradition of racial insensitivity at best and racism at worst. It’s high time the sponsors and all others involved take a deliberate look at the messages being put forth by the parade. I look forward to joining other Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., said she is disheartened over the community impact following the announcement of a grocery store closing due to the city’s soda tax . “It is disappointing to see the Shoprite store along Haverford Avenue closing its doors,” Cephas said. “Not only is it a hit to the local economy and a loss of jobs in the immediate area, it will add to the already overwhelming amount of food deserts in our Middle Neighborhoods. “While there are other stores in the immediate area where people can shop, the lack of access to fresh foods and produce in the community where this Shoprite exists could become a burden for those who may be unable to get to those stores. I will work with area stakeholders and residents to bring a grocery store to the soon-to-be vacant site in an effort to benefit the community’s overall needs. “With a new legislative session underway in Harrisburg, the general assembly must work together to provide adequate funding for our schools and infrastructure needs across the commonwealth, no matter the zip code. By fairly distributing sufficient appropriations for education and recreation centers, municipalities and cities, including Philadelphia, would not need to create alternative means of funding, such as a soda tax, which could ultimately have a devastating impact on businesses and our neighborhoods.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 2 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, was sworn in Tuesday at the state Capitol to begin his sixth term representing the 149 th Legislative District in Montgomery County. “I am thankful to have the support of the people of Montgomery County to continue to fight for them in the new legislative session,” Briggs said. “It has been an honor to represent the 149 th for the last five terms and I am enthusiastic to get started working again to improve the quality life for all Pennsylvanians.” His legislative goals mirror the recently unveiled Plan4PA , a comprehensive strategy from the House Democratic Caucus that is focused on putting people first. Major components of the plan include job creation, affordable health care, a fair economy and quality schools. “My priorities continue to be those of my constituents, investing in education, protecting and improving access to health care, protecting our environment and creating an economy that works for everyone – not just special interests.” Briggs' top commitment has been to be accessible and provide high-level constituent service through his District Office. His office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is located at 554 Shoemaker Road, Suite 149 in King of Prussia and can be reached at (610) 768-3135 . Constituents can visit his website at www.pahouse.com/Briggs for information on various state-related services and Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 2 – Scammers continue to prey upon so many unsuspecting and trusting folks in our communities, especially seniors, so Rep. Chris Rabb is taking action. Rabb will host a Senior Chat & Chew event from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at the Wadsworth Library, 1500 Wadsworth Ave , to discuss the top 10 scams impacting seniors. “Scammers, unfortunately, are always on the lookout for new victims, especially seniors,” Rabb said. “So we’re stepping up and providing a crash course for anybody who wants to learn more about how to recognize and combat these would-be scammers.” The event will feature special guest Anthony Luker, an education and outreach specialist with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, as Rabb hopes to raise awareness and build knowledge for those most at risk. He and his office staff will also be on hand to answer questions and help with problems with state-related programs. For more information, Rabb said people may contact him via phone at his district office (215-242-7300), email at RepRabb@pahouse.net , through his website at www.pahouse.com/Rabb , or on social media at www.facebook.com/RepRabb and www.twitter.com/RepRabb . Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today was sworn into office for his ninth two-year term representing the 19 th Legislative District. Wheatley plans to continue his outreach and advocacy initiatives, including his fight to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the commonwealth. During the 2017-18 legislative session, Wheatley introduced legislation calling for the legalization of marijuana, which would generate an estimated half-billion dollars in tax revenue; the expungement of criminal records associated with marijuana; the return of driver’s and professional licenses that were revoked or suspended due to marijuana-related crimes; and the continued growth of the infrastructure related to medical marijuana. This legislative session, he plans to introduce a measure that will build upon last year’s bill and include dedicating the revenue generated by the tax to be invested in affordable housing, school-loan debt forgiveness and afterschool programs. Wheatley is encouraging constituents to contact his “Peoples Office” at 2015 Centre Ave. in Pittsburgh at 412-471-7760 with any state-related matter or concern. He also is urging people to visit his website – www.pahouse.com/Wheatley – which has links to information on state services and includes a form that enables constituents to email him. He also maintains a legislative Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepWheatley and the Twitter feed Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Christina Sappey was sworn in to represent Pennsylvania’s 158th Legislative District during a Capitol ceremony today. Sappey is the first woman and first Democrat to represent the 158th District. “I hope to help accelerate Pennsylvania’s move to renewable energy, encourage a growth economy that creates family-sustaining jobs, properly fund the Department of Environmental Protection so that it can do its job, end the growing inequity in education funding, promote gun violence prevention measures and foster accountability and transparency in state government,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “I’m proud to be a part of this new class of legislators. We are committed to changing business as usual. We are a diverse group and are more representative of the people.” Constituents and those who want to learn more about Sappey can visit www.pahouse.com/Sappey . The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. This year marks Pennsylvania’s 203rd legislative session. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, was sworn in today at the state Capitol to begin her fourth term representing the 148 th Legislative District. Daley said that she that she will continue to strongly fight for the rights of all Pennsylvanians regardless of gender, race, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identification or any other status. In addition, she co-sponsored 30 gun safety bills, encompassing topics such as school safety, background checks and registration and licensing, among others. She also hosted a public hearing on environmental education programs, hoping to expand programs across the commonwealth to support local students. “I am honored to continue serving as the voice for my neighbors and everyone in the 148 th district in the General Assembly,” Daley said. “I will continue fighting for what is best for our community and for all of Pennsylvania. I am ready to continue my work and dedication to community service, social justice and protecting our environment.” Daley said that she also looks forward to working with other House Democrats on their recently unveiled Plan4PA , a comprehensive strategy focused on putting people first. Major components of the plan include job creation, affordable health care, a fair economy and quality schools. Education continues to be a priority for Daley, she said, and she wants to see investments in education so that Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Margo Davidson was sworn in today for her fifth term representing the 164 th Legislative District. Davidson was recently elected as the first African-American woman to head the powerful Southeastern Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The election marked the latest in firsts for Davidson, who was also the first Democrat, the first African American and the first woman to represent the 164th Legislative District, as well as the first woman ever elected from Delaware County in the history of the commonwealth. “I am honored that the residents of the 164 th District have elected me again to fight for their interests in Harrisburg,” Davidson said. “I look forward to working with my fellow Democrats to implement the Plan4PA , the House Democrats’ comprehensive legislative plan that puts the needs of regular Pennsylvanians first. The Plan4PA is about achieving social and economic justice for all with its focus on good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy.” Davidson will be one of 93 House Democrats for the 2019-20 legislative session. She is joined by 24 first-term House Democrats. In this term, there are more female representatives (51) in the House than ever before in the history of Pennsylvania. “It is time that Pennsylvania’s legislature reflected the state’s diversity.” Davidson said. “Together, Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, made history today as she was sworn in as the first black woman to be elected to the state House from Western Pennsylvania. As she begins representing the 34 th Legislative District, Lee said she will call on her experience as a community organizer, activist, lawyer and advocate for social justice to accomplish her legislative priorities. For Lee, those priorities include greater economic justice for working families and reforms in the areas of education, health care, energy policy and criminal justice. “I’m so excited to roll up my sleeves and start working for meaningful change for residents in our district,” Lee said. “It’s time for a tax structure that benefits all Pennsylvanians – not just the wealthy. We need to level the playing field, and I plan to work to make that happen.” Another of Lee’s priorities is enacting a living wage – a move she sees as fundamental to giving hardworking families a fair chance to succeed. It’s also an important part of the House Democrats’ Plan for PA , which puts Pennsylvania’s working families first by focusing on good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and an economy that ends corporate handouts and ensures that everyone pays their fair share. The 34 th Legislative District includes parts of Allegheny County, including parts of Pittsburgh, the township of Wilkins, and the boroughs Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Tina Davis was sworn in today for her fifth term representing the 141st Legislative District. “I am deeply honored to serve the people of the 141 st District,” Davis said. “I thank them for their confidence in my ability to best serve their interests in Harrisburg. In the coming term, I will be working with my colleagues and across the aisle to achieve the House Democrats’ #Plan4PA. The plan is focused on building a Pennsylvania that works for working families through good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy, all of which will make Bucks County an even better place to live and work.” Davis is one of 91 House Democrats starting the 2019-20 legislative session. The remaining two seats will be decided by special election this spring. She is joined by 24 first-term House Democrats. In this term, there are more female representatives (51) in the House than ever before in the history of Pennsylvania. “I am glad to be joined by so many women of exceptional talent in the legislature this term,” Davis said. “Together, we will fight for a Pennsylvania where everyone can thrive.” The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Tuesday in January. This is the 203 rd legislative session. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – Vowing to continue fighting for the interests of Pennsylvania’s working families, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, was sworn into office today to serve his fourth term representing the 24th Legislative District. “I’m excited to start this new term, and like always, my inspiration comes from serving my district and the hardworking people who live here," Gainey said. “They rise to any challenge to support their families and give our children a rightful head start. They are who make our community what it is, and they deserve every opportunity the commonwealth has to offer. “A special priority of mine is gun violence. The tragic events that happened in our streets, churches, synagogues and schools should never happen. And at no time should a family have to bury a relative killed by senseless gun violence. I’m committed to sponsoring and supporting commonsense gun legislation.” Gainey noted that education is another top priority. “The greatest investment the state of Pennsylvania can make is in the education of our children. The data is clear that our children benefit when they can attend Pre-K and Head Start schools. We must continue to increase funding for Pre-K and Head Start, as well as advocate for universal Pre-K. The more prepared our children are, the better our future looks.” Gainey vowed to continue pursuing his other legislative priorities in the upcoming session. He said Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – Calling it a tremendous honor, state Rep. Mike Zabel was sworn in during a Capitol ceremony today to represent the 163 rd Legislative District in Delaware County. F ormerly an assistant district attorney and a teacher at the middle school, high school and college levels, Zabel also currently serves as an attorney in private practice. “As a lifelong resident of Delaware County, I am looking forward to fighting for what’s best for the residents of the 163rd: strong schools, good jobs, and a fair economy,” he said. Zabel’s legislative concerns in the next session include fair funding for William Penn, Haverford and Upper Darby school districts, addressing the opioid crisis as a critical public health issue, enacting tax reform and establishing economic policies that put working families ahead of big business, and passing laws that meaningfully address gun violence in Pennsylvania. His efforts blend with the broader Plan for PA , which seeks to build a stronger economy for working families instead of serving special interests. Constituents can visit Zabel’s website at www.pahouse.com/Zabel for information on state-related services and programs. Zabel also maintains a legislative Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepZabel and is on Twitter @RepZabel . The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January every two years. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca today was sworn into office to represent the 55 th Legislative District, which includes portions of Westmoreland, Armstrong and Indiana counties. “I am honored to again represent the communities within the 55 th District and will continue my efforts to keep the state fiscally responsible without new taxes and make our streets safer, including protecting law enforcement and first responders," Petrarca said. "As a founding member of the Organ Donation Advisory Committee, promoting organ and tissue donation statewide also remains a priority. Last fall, I was proud to help update the state's organ donation law, to help ensure life-saving organs go to those who need them. I also was proud to support a new law to protect and support child sex trafficking victims, as well as support continuing efforts to protect animals from abuse.” Petrarca was re-elected to his 13 th term in office on Nov. 6. He was recently appointed to represent Pennsylvania on the National Council of State Legislatures’ Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. This marked the second time Petrarca has been selected to serve on a National Council of State Legislatures committee, having previously served on its transportation committee. The 55th District covers Latrobe, Avonmore, Derry, East Vandergrift, Hyde Park, New Alexandria, Oklahoma, Vandergrift, West Leechburg, Youngstown, and Bell, Derry, Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, was sworn in today at the state Capitol to begin his 13 th term representing the 9 th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Sainato has served as the Democratic chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee for the last eight years. In his role, he supervised the movement of several pieces of legislation that have strengthened both the Pennsylvania National Guard and veterans communities across the commonwealth. He received the Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Award at Fort Indiantown Gap in October. He also served on a statewide commission tasked with identifying and addressing issues facing first responders in the commonwealth. “I am honored to continue representing the residents of the 9 th Legislative District in Harrisburg,” Sainato said. “I look forward to another term, working to ensure that the 9 th district and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania continue to be great places to live and work.” Sainato has represented part of Lawrence County since he was first elected as a representative in 1995. 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. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, was sworn into office today for his sixth two-year term representing the 27 th Legislative District. “It’s the beginning of a new legislative session, and I’m more than ready to get to work on addressing constituents’ needs,” Deasy said. “We have plenty to get done this year, and I’m confident in House Democrats’ ability to do what is best to help move the commonwealth in the right direction.” Deasy said he plans to continue to spearhead a variety of outreach events, such as his senior information series, job fairs, shredding events to help residents protect their identity information, and more. He’ll also continue helping residents find gainful employment, noting the Employment Center in his district office is open to job seekers during weekday regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Deasy also has a running list of legislation for which he’s seeking co-sponsorship. Some of this proposed legislation would prohibit use of handheld electronic devices while driving in a construction zone, establish cultural development districts, amend the taxpayer relief act relating to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, and establish a community college education assistance program within the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. “The legislation I’ve already circulated to House members not only will benefit people locally, Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – In a ceremony today marking the start of the 2019-20 legislative session, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, took the oath of office to begin his fifth term representing Pennsylvania’s 20 th Legislative District. “The hardworking families of our district have placed their trust in me to represent them, both at home and in Harrisburg, and that trust is a sacred obligation to me,” Ravenstahl said. “I’m extremely excited to roll up my sleeves and begin a new year of working on their behalf. Although every year brings new challenges, the guiding principle remains the same – making life in our community as safe, healthy and prosperous as possible. “In the year ahead, I’ll continue working to ensure that our families have access to good jobs with fair pay and the best possible health care; that our kids enjoy safe, high-quality schools; that our seniors are connected with the services they need; and that the most vulnerable among us are protected. I’ll also continue working to ensure continued investment in our neighborhoods and the return of residents’ tax dollars to fund infrastructure improvements and spur business growth. Most of all, I’ll be working to ensure that we continue to thrive as a community.” Ravenstahl added that in addition to assisting residents with services and being their voice in Harrisburg, he plans to continue Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol to open the 203rd legislative session, state Rep. Chris Rabb took the oath of office to begin his second term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “I’m looking forward to beginning this New Year and the new legislative session. Thank you to those who re-elected me to continue my service to the 200th district of Philadelphia,” Rabb said. “I will continue to work for the people of my district, looking out for their interests and what’s best for them. I’m proud to work together with them to create our ideal community.” During his first term, Rabb sponsored legislation to transition Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, update non-discrimination law and stop sexual assault in police custody – and he provided personal testimony on gun violence and public safety legislation. He also helped secure state funding for library projects and gun violence reduction initiatives. “My commitment is stronger than ever to sponsor and push for legislation that reduces gun violence, ensures high-quality public schools, protects the future of our environment and enables those with diverse backgrounds to be celebrated. As we stand up for our values, we will see the barriers of discrimination fall, and an economy that moves us all forward,” Rabb said. Rabb encourages constituents to contact him via email at RepRabb@pahouse.net , through his Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today was sworn in to his second term in office during a Capitol ceremony as state representative for the 202nd Legislative District. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving my community.” Solomon said. “We must keep the momentum going. Our community had a great year. We made big gains on business corridor development, added security and championed many issues for the Northeast. This year will be another great one. I will continue to work tirelessly to make sure our neighborhood continues to grow as a diverse, multicultural epicenter of cuisine and small businesses. I will focus on large-scale development and building the capacity of our civic institutions.” During his first term, Solomon passed legislation that ensured Pennsylvania can deliver state, local and federal benefits to our veterans. Solomon also established a commission to plan America’s 250th birthday, which will examine ways to drive infrastructure development in Philadelphia and in all of our counties. Solomon also helped pass a bill that created a one-stop shop for businesses looking to open, expand, or relocate to Pennsylvania, which provides an easy way to navigate bureaucratic hurdles. He worked with Gov. Tom Wolf to add $50 million for workforce development to the 2018-19 state budget. This allocation will allow students to graduate from high school with the skills needed to enter the middle Read more
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