Conklin to lead Children and Youth Committee

HARRISBURG, March 13 – Centre County state Rep. Scott Conklin has been appointed to serve as the Democratic chairman of the Children and Youth Committee in the House of Representatives.

“I’m honored and very excited to take on this job and contribute to the success of Governor Tom Wolf’s ambitious agenda to improve the lives of children,” Conklin said.

Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said Conklin was a natural choice to lead the committee’s Democrats.

“With his background as a former county commissioner, Representative Conklin is very familiar with how children and youth services are delivered through county agencies,” Dermody said. “Scott also was part of the concentrated and successful effort to improve Pennsylvania’s child protection laws in the last three years.”

Conklin will work with the committee’s majority chairperson, Rep. Katharine Watson of Bucks County.

“This House committee is known for the ability of members to put partisan differences aside and work productively for the protection and benefit of children,” Conklin said. “I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

Conklin was first elected to the House in 2006 and currently is serving his fifth term.