Longietti appointed Democratic chairman of House Education Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Mark Longietti announced today that he has been appointed Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee for the 2021-22 legislative session.

Longietti, D-Mercer, said he is looking forward to his new role as an opportunity to help shape the future of Pennsylvania’s public education system and ensure that all families – regardless of economic status – have equal access to the opportunities it affords.

“I am honored and excited to be appointed Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee,” Longietti said. “Quality public education can be a great equalizer and the gateway to economic success – but only if the strength and quality of that education is not dependent on a family’s ZIP code. One of my top priorities will be ensuring that the highest quality public education at all levels is within the reach of all Pennsylvania families.”

Longietti said his passion for promoting quality education began early in life.

“My mother taught at Sharpsville Area School District for 20 years and was an incredibly dedicated teacher and advocate of education,” Longietti said. “That inspired me to work as a school district solicitor, and over the course of 15 years, I counseled districts in Sharon, Sharpsville and Reynolds. The work fueled my passion for promoting education and gave me an in-depth understanding of the many challenges school districts face.

“As Democratic committee chairman, I will be working to steer policy and pass legislation that ensures all Pennsylvania students have the strongest possible start in life through quality early education, the best possible K-12 public school experience, and ample opportunities for affordable, quality higher education – whether it be college, career training, or trade or technical school.

“Pennsylvania’s future rests with our students. By broadening access to quality public education, we break down barriers on an individual level and ensure that a new generation is prepared to move the commonwealth forward.”

Longietti was first elected to the state legislature in 2006 and began serving during the 2007-08 session. On Jan. 5, he was sworn in for his eighth term serving the 7th Legislative District.