Longietti reappointed Democratic chairman of House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, was reappointed by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody to serve as the minority chairman for the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session.

“I am honored to serve as the Democratic chairman for the House Tourism and Recreation Development Committee,” Longietti said. "Tourism is not only important statewide, but it also is an important part of the economy of Mercer County. Many visitors enjoy outdoor activities at Buhl Park and Shenango Lake. Arts and culture festivals such as WaterFire Sharon draw tens of thousands of people from throughout the region. Attractions such as the Buhl Mansion, Tara, A Country Inn, and the Prime Outlets in Grove City bring in travelers from other states and even internationally. As a state, we can help promote these and other tourism assets which enrich our communities while providing family-supporting jobs."

Tourism is a major industry in the commonwealth, bringing in $40 billion in revenue annually and supporting more than 490,000 jobs.

“I have served on this committee since I was first elected to the legislature and I know the importance of investing in tourism for the commonwealth. When we effectively promote and support the variety of tourism assets that Pennsylvania provides, such as those locally, more people visit and we see an increase in income, jobs and tax revenue. This incredibly important industry deserves our attention and that is why I have, and will continue to, push for state funding for tourism promotion and growth. When tourism flourishes, so does the economy," Longietti said.

"I’m proud that Pennsylvania is a place that people want to visit and I am excited to continue the important work of this committee.”

Longietti took the oath of office for the new session Jan. 1.

Longietti’s constituent service offices are located at 2213 Shenango Valley Freeway, Unit 2-E, Hermitage, and 182 Main St., Greenville. The offices may be reached at 724-981-4655 and 724-588-1005 respectively. He also invites residents to visit his website – www.pahouse.com/Longietti -- which has links to information on state services and includes a form that allows constituents to contact him.