Keller takes oath of office for 12th term

Named Democratic chairman of House Transportation Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Bill Keller, D-Phila., today began his 12th term representing residents of the 184th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Today’s noon swearing-in ceremony marked the official start of the 2015-16 legislative session. The state constitution mandates the legislature to begin each new session at noon on the first Tuesday of January.

“My colleagues and I are ready to address some of Pennsylvania’s most pressing issues, including the projected budget deficit,” Keller said. “We must all work together to help our seniors, children and middle-class families thrive in the Keystone state.”

Keller also was appointed by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee, which oversees legislation relating to all modes of transportation in Pennsylvania, including highways, airports, train service, public transit, and ports, as well as the Turnpike Commission and PennDOT.

“It’s so important to make sure that Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure is as safe and efficient as possible,” Keller said. “Last session, the governor signed into law a comprehensive transportation funding package designed to upgrade our roads, bridges and mass transit systems. I look forward to following these updates as well as identifying new ways to improve transportation throughout the commonwealth.”

Keller encouraged constituents to visit his district office at 1531 S. Second St., Philadelphia. The phone number is (215) 271-9190. He said his staff can help with a variety of state-related services, including PennDOT paperwork, PACE/PACENET and Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications, and more.

Residents can also learn more about Pennsylvania’s issues and programs on Keller’s newly redesigned web page at www.pahouse.com/Keller.