Burns re-elected leader of Northwest Delegation
Lawmaker pledges to continue bipartisan work for region
HARRISBURG, Jan. 27 – Maintaining his House Democratic leadership role, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Northwest Delegation.
Burns’ peers in the region gave him a third term at the helm of the delegation, whose members coalesce around ideas, legislation and strategy of mutual benefit to them and the people they represent. The delegation includes 23 counties in the Northwestern quadrant of the state, stretching from Erie to Centre County and south to include Cambria County.
“I am humbled and appreciative at the vote of confidence demonstrated by today’s action,” Burns said. “As a delegation, we’ve strived to present a united front on key issues. We’ll continue doing that, to amplify our voice in Harrisburg as we fight for issues of mutual importance in Western Pennsylvania.”
Last session, Burns and his delegation leveraged their position to fight for the region, including preserving uninterrupted public transit services for senior citizens, low-income residents and disabled constituents. The delegation successfully pushed for changes to Act 44 of 2018 to clarify the powers of school security guards. Additionally, members used their combined voices to lobby Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on fairer and more strategic COVID-19 mitigation efforts as well as to influence the U.S. Congress on issues and policies important to Northwestern Pennsylvanians.