Snyder named Democratic chairman of bipartisan House Coal Caucus

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said she has been named Democratic chairman of the Pennsylvania House Coal Caucus to support and advance the coal industry and its contributions to the state.  

“We have new opportunities to bolster a critical part of our energy portfolio and help the industry and its workers,” Snyder said. “I look forward to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to take full advantage our coal resources.”

Snyder joins state Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Armstrong/Butler/Indiana, at the helm of the caucus, which includes scores of coal-supporting lawmakers.

Snyder -- who earlier in the week was named to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, through which energy-related legislation is channeled – said Pennsylvania’s coal resources are too vital to be ignored or maligned.

“Pennsylvania is blessed with a natural resource that with proper policies and attention can continue to be an economic powerhouse,” Snyder said. “The House Coal Caucus understands how vital the industry – and the tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs it provides -- is to Pennsylvania, and I’m eager to bring about a new day in Pennsylvania for it, its workers and Pennsylvanians who depend on reliable and affordable energy supplies.”

Snyder was sworn in Jan. 3 to her third, two-year term representing the 50th Legislative District, which includes CNX Coal Resources, the largest underground coal mining operation in North America.