Chairman Bradford Delighted to Serve Among Historically Diverse Colleagues on Democratic House Appropriations Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – With lawmakers preparing to decide how to best serve all Pennsylvanians in the 2019-20 budget, the newly elected Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said he will be joined by 15 smart and thoughtful members of his caucus to serve with him for the new two-year session. An historic number of women comprise nearly half of the Democratic members.

“A former mayor, several attorneys, a TV reporter and a retired teacher are some of the responsibilities these good men and women have under their belts,” said Committee Democratic Chairman Matt Bradford, who was elected to the position by his caucus in November. “What we all have in common is the willingness to not settle for business as usual, and we are ready to get to work.

“Taxpayers need people who will go to bat for them. We are diverse, experienced, unafraid of getting our hands dirty, and we are ready to step up,” Bradford said.

Fifteen Democrats will serve with 22 Republicans on the panel, which is charged with determining the fiscal impact of legislation and is instrumental in developing each commonwealth budget.

“We understand how Pennsylvania got into its current fiscal predicament and will work with the governor to continue to right these wrongs,” Bradford said.

The Democratic members of the Appropriations Committee include Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila.; Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.; Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny; Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila.; Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin; Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester; Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila.; Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna; Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny; Rep. Steve Kinsey, D-Phila.; Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware; Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery; Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery; and Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh.