DeLissio named minority committee chair, sworn in for sixth term

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7 - State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, who has been named minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, was sworn in on Tuesday for her sixth term as representative of the 194th Legislative District.

“It is my honor to continue to represent the citizens of the 194th District. I remain committed to ongoing dialogue with my constituents to hear their ideas, thoughts and concerns so that I can best represent their interests in Harrisburg,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “The past year has been difficult and created additional challenges for the legislature to tackle. As we begin a new session, I am focusing on my new committee responsibilities as minority chair and focused on a review of the House rules to ensure fairness in how legislation is considered.

“Currently Pennsylvania scores zero in fairness as rated by FairVote.org. Bipartisanship remains an important factor in my everyday work; my reputation for working across the aisle has produced productive conversations that build meaningful relationships, which help to advance the best policy possible.”

Committee chairmanships are assigned based on seniority. The House Children and Youth Committee reviews bills pertaining to the youngest citizens of Pennsylvania, as well as bills that affect the Office of Children, Youth and Families under the Department of Human Services, and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, which is overseen by both the Human Services and Education departments.

“I look forward to serving in the minority chair role for this committee and working in the best interests of Pennsylvania’s children. My plan to ensure the development of meaningful policy includes consistently obtaining stakeholder input for the legislation that is referred to the committee and to work closely with the majority chair,” DeLissio said.

In this new year, as in previous years, DeLissio and her staff can assist residents with a variety of state-related services. Her office can be reached at 215-482-8726 or by email at RepDeLissio@pahouse.net