Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro's Biography
State Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro was sworn in Jan. 1, 2013, as the youngest member elected to the 197th session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Ryan has since dedicated himself to serving Erie County and the 3rd Legislative District with uncommon zeal.
Rep. Bizzarro has focused on working for 21st century jobs and initiatives locally and on behalf of all Pennsylvanians. He has been tireless in his efforts to promote a healthy economic climate for small businesses and working families and to restore an education system that will empower futures and open doors for innovation and prosperity.
Rep. Bizzarro's drive has not gone unnoticed in Harrisburg, and he was appointed to four significant standing committees: Consumer Affairs; Insurance; Judiciary; and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness, where he also serves as Democratic secretary.
The appointments enable Rep. Bizzarro to fulfill his commitment to move Erie and Pennsylvania forward. He has devoted himself to legislation affecting the district and his committees and has travelled the state to elicit testimony and information. Legislation he introduced and co-sponsored has focused on protecting seniors, working families, children, and small businesses.
In Harrisburg and Erie, Rep. Bizzarro has worked with Republicans and Democrats to mitigate the effects of the layoff of nearly 1,000 local workers at the GE locomotive plant in Lawrence Park.
Rep. Bizzarro's work ethic was instilled early, working at a young age at his grandfather's restaurant, Ringside, and his legislative efforts are a natural progression from serving the Erie community with demonstrated leadership, forward-thinking strategies and detailed execution.
Rep. Bizzarro began his career as the victim/witness coordinator and advocate for the Office of the Erie County District Attorney and the Crime Victim Center, where he identified and streamlined processes to ease victim frustration with the criminal justice system.
As a behavioral health specialist at McKinley Elementary School, he initiated schoolwide programs focused on bullying and community awareness to identify common problems among students and facilitate an open dialogue. He coordinated efforts with state and local social services and government agencies regarding cases of child abuse, social work cases and additional third-party support programs.
As an employee of the Erie County Convention Authority, Rep. Bizzarro was responsible for sales and business-development initiatives for the Erie County Convention Center Authority. Through his work with the authority, he considered the needs of large organizations and local small businesses by designing proposals that encourage clients to invest locally.
Rep. Bizzarro serves as an honorary board member for Northwestern Pennsylvania Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was the youngest member appointed to the Erie County Industrial Development Authority, a municipal authority formed by Erie County government to help existing firms expand and to attract new firms to the Erie area.
Rep. Bizzarro also is a member of the Erie County Truancy Task Force and is a former co-chairman of the Young Erie Professionals civic engagement committee. He is a former vice chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party, the youngest to ever be elected for the position.
Rep. Bizzarro earned his associate's and bachelor's degrees from Edinboro University in political science and criminal justice, respectively, and obtained his master's degree in public administration from Gannon University. In 2013, he was given the 2013-14 Honored Alumnus Award by Edinboro University's Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. The award is given to alumni who demonstrate high achievement and a commitment to excellence in their chosen professions.
Rep. Bizzarro’s tenure in the state House of Representatives has revealed an obvious commitment to principled efforts on behalf of Erie County and all of Pennsylvania.
"First and foremost, I'm a public servant driven to work on behalf of the 3rd Legislative District," Rep. Bizzarro says. "It is a commitment that will only grow stronger with time."