Kinsey honors the late Rep. John Myers

HARRISBURG, March 16– State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., along with many of his colleagues paid tribute to the late Rep. John Myers in the House chamber today.

Kinsey previously worked as chief of staff for Myers.

“It was a humbling experience to honor such an admired and respected man who served admirably in this esteemed body for 17 years," Kinsey said. "It was important to ensure that Representative Myers' contributions to his community, to his people, be inscribed in the history of the Hall of the House."

Myers was born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. He attended local schools, including Germantown High School, and then entered the U.S. Navy, serving his country in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968.

Myers was re-elected to eight consecutive House terms.

“He was the kind of man who didn’t back down; he tackled many crucial issues – issues that focused on gun safety, crime, the rights of people, public safety, health, economic development,” Kinsey said.

During Myers’ terms in the House, he served on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and the Liquor Control Committee. 

He served as a subcommittee chairman on both the Appropriations Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee, working his way up to become the Democratic chairman of the Health Committee.

Retiring from the House of Representatives in 2012, Myers focused his attention to community concerns, working with groups like the 7Gs, Somerville for Better Fathers, N-WAC and G ‘Town Restoration Community Development Corporation.

Kinsey represents constituents in the 201st Legislative District.