House Democrats’ Southeast Delegation leadership team elected

Dean, Daley, Kim, McCarter, DeLissio round out regional leadership team, eyes on budget

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – Democratic members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Southeast Delegation on Tuesday elected state Rep. Madeleine Dean as chair of the delegation for the 2017-18 legislative term.

State Reps. Mary Jo Daley and Patty Kim were elected vice chairs, state Rep. Steve McCarter was elected treasurer, and state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio was elected secretary.

“The Southeast region is the heart and engine of our state. I am delighted to lead this group of dedicated public servants who are talented advocates for their southeastern Pennsylvania communities,” said Dean, D-Montgomery. “From Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties to Berks, Lancaster, York and Dauphin counties, the Southeast Delegation represents diverse, engaged communities — interested in moving Pennsylvania forward.”

Dean said that chief among the delegation’s priorities are equitable education funding at every level, improving infrastructure, and passing a state budget that addresses Pennsylvania’s deficit while adequately supporting human services.

“Pennsylvania’s greatest resource is its people, so the budget should support workers, families, students and seniors over special interests and money,” said Daley, D-Montgomery. “As a team, we look forward to progressing those values as we head into another challenging budget season.”

“We made strides in 2016 by finding more money for education and by helping ex-offenders become contributing members of our economy – thanks to criminal history sealing – but there is more to do in 2017,” said Kim, D-Dauphin. “We must find creative ways to meet Pennsylvanians’ needs and address the budget deficit. The solutions are out there. Harrisburg just needs to come together to find them.”

“It’s an honor to work with legislators who share a forward-minded and prosperous vision for Pennsylvania,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “Our collective voice can help advance budget innovation as much as it can help develop healthy, sustainable public policies in areas such as clean energy, workers’ rights and equality. We need leadership on those initiatives just as much as we need sound fiscal judgement coming out of the Capitol, and the two work hand in hand.”

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with my colleagues from the region and am committed to building on the solid relationships that I have worked to establish over the past six years,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila.

The Southeast Delegation comprises 22 Democratic members. The delegation website can be found at www.PaHouse.com/Southeast. Dean replaces former state Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, who did not seek re-election for his Pennsylvania House seat.