Donatucci elected Pa. House Philadelphia County Delegation chairwoman

HARRISBURG, April 6 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, was elected as the chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation to the House of Representatives for the remainder of the 2015-16 legislative session.

"What an honor it is for me to be able to represent my constituents in this way," Donatucci said. "As a longtime member of the delegation, I have devoted my legislative career to fighting for the residents of Philadelphia. In this new position, I look forward to making sure our schools, public safety departments, health care facilities, transportation systems, and other important resources have the tools they need to effectively serve our residents."    

Donatucci represents the 185th Legislative District, which includes part of the city of Philadelphia, and was elected by other members of the delegation.

Currently serving her third legislative term, Donatucci also serves on the House Appropriations, Labor and Industry, Liquor Control and Transportation committees. She is also the Democratic subcommittee chairwoman on Security and Emergency Response for the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and serves as a deputy whip for the House Democratic Caucus.

Donatucci is a staunch advocate for empowering hardworking Philadelphians. She has sponsored legislation to increase fines for employers that knowingly pay women less than men for equal work, and another bill to expand paid sick leave statewide. In addition, she has fought for better school funding for Philadelphia public schools and improved resources for fighting crime throughout the city. She will continue to make these issues her top priorities as delegation chairwoman.

A lifelong resident of south Philadelphia, Donatucci previously worked for both the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the Philadelphia Bureau of Administrative Adjudication.

"I look forward to working with my colleagues of the delegation to better the lives of our neighbors in Philadelphia," Donatucci said. "We are all committed to improving our region, and I am eager to getting down to work to consider the policies that will do so."

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