HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, was sworn into office today for his third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session, the 199th of the Pennsylvania General Assembly."I am looking forward to my third term representing the 114th Legislative District," Kavulich said. "While the district boundaries have changed, my dedication and drive to improve Northeastern Pennsylvania has not and I remain committed to working with constituents on the issues that are most important to them. I look forward to tackling the tough issues facing the commonwealth including transportation, funding of social programs and education."Kavulich said he will work to improve school safety by introducing legislation that would require schools to practice lockdown drills. To address school districts’ rising costs, Kavulich also plans to examine health care plans for teachers across the commonwealth.Residents are encouraged to contact Kavulich’s Taylor office located at 802 S. Main St. at 570-562-2350 or the Carbondale office located at 16 Salem Ave. at 570-282-1335 for free assistance with state-related issues.Kavulich urges constituents to connect with him via Facebook, Twitter and his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Kavulich for regular updates on state programs and services. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, announced he has been appointed to serve as the Democratic chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session. The House Urban Affairs Committee deals with legislation affecting first-, second- and third-class cities and counties in Pennsylvania. Housing and public safety issues also pertain to the work of the committee. The Urban Affairs Committee additionally oversees the Philadelphia Parking Authority. "I am grateful for this opportunity to narrow my focus onto the dire needs of our cities," Caltagirone said. "At a time when there is great financial and economic stress throughout many of our urban areas, I am hopeful my work will help rectify some of their largest problems. "I have no doubt this committee will be ready to hit the ground running to address the many concerns of our first-, second- and third-class cities. As a longtime member of the General Assembly, I believe my senior leadership will provide an asset to the committee as we work together to build a stronger Pennsylvania." Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today that he took the oath of office to begin his fifth term representing the 77th Legislative District. "Representing the Centre Region in the Pennsylvania General Assembly is very humbling," Conklin said. The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th Legislative Session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January each year. "Lowering and keeping our unemployment rate low is at the top of my priority list," Conklin said. "In addition, I will be fighting to increase public education funding and lower school property taxes that burden so many Centre County residents. "This marks the beginning of a new two-year term and I am ready to hit the ground running." The 77th Legislative District includes Philipsburg, State College borough, Huston and Rush townships, and portions of Ferguson and Patton townships. Conklin has two constituent service centers in his district. The State College service center is located at 301 S. Allen St., Suite 102, and can be reached at (814) 238-5477. The Philipsburg service center is located at 209 E. Presqueisle St. and can be reached at (814) 342-4872. Various resources and links to state programs also are available at www.pahouse.com/Conklin. Read more
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today for a third full term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving residents of the 20th Legislative District. Ravenstahl and other state House members were sworn in at noon. The state constitution requires each term of the legislature to begin on the first Tuesday of the year.
Kinsey will hold a district-office open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at 5952-54 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, and a community inauguration celebration on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Treasurers Banquet Hall, 5547 Germantown Ave. Those interested in attending the inauguration must RSVP by calling 215-849-6592. Read more
CUTLINE: Reps. Pam Snyder and Brandon Neuman were sworn in Tuesday to the 199th session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington, today began his third term in the state House of Representatives representing the 48th Legislative District after taking the oath of office. “I’m eager to begin charting a fresh start for Pennsylvania,” Neuman said. “I am looking forward to working with Republicans, Democrats and Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s administration to put Pennsylvania on a more productive path.” Neuman said putting Pennsylvania’s fiscal affairs in order is a priority, and he already is seeking co-sponsors of his Pennsylvania false claims legislation, which would reduce waste and fraud while providing crucial revenues for the commonwealth. “The legislation would deter fraud and punish those stealing from Pennsylvania and its taxpayers,” Neuman said. “It also would raise significant revenues through recovered losses and other damages.” Neuman also said he is encouraged by the prospects of better preparing students for the global job market. “We have a splendid opportunity to improve public education and increase the focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics,” Neuman said. “Those areas – known as STEAM – are proven income generators, and degrees in those fields are in Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, today began his third term as Democratic leader in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as members from across the state took the oath of office at noon in the House chamber to begin the 2015-16 legislative session.The legislature faces the new two-year session with a budget deficit that is estimated to be more than $2 billion and a new governor taking office. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, began his 11th term representing the 55th Legislative District today after taking the oath of office. The swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol marked the beginning of the 199th session of the General Assembly. The oath of office was administered by Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Judith Ference Olson. "I expect the 2015-16 legislative session to be a busy one, not the least of which is working with Tom Wolf, the incoming governor, to address a number of issues, particularly the budget deficit and the state's pension crisis," Petrarca said. "I am ready to get to work." Additionally, Petrarca will serve as Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during this legislative session. The 55th District covers Saltsburg in Indiana County, Leechburg, Apollo and Parks Township in Armstrong County, and Latrobe, Avonmore, Derry, East Vandergrift, Hyde Park, New Alexandria, Oklahoma, Vandergrift, West Leechburg, Youngstown, and Bell, Derry, Loyalhanna, Unity (part) and Washington townships in Westmoreland County. Petrarca has three offices within the district where constituents can get help with any state-related problem or concern: the Latrobe office at 901 Jefferson St.; the Vandergrift office at 239 Longfellow St. and the Derry office at 620 N. Chestnut St. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, began her second term representing the 50th Legislative District today after taking the oath of office. "It is an honor to represent the residents of the 50th District in 2015," Snyder said. “I’m eager to get to work on their behalf because Pennsylvania needs new ideas on energy, public education, family incomes and the state budget.” Snyder said she plans to build on her efforts as a freshman lawmaker that won bipartisan support, including her legislation that ensures a state role in meeting federal mandates affecting energy supplies. “I am committed to being a responsible advocate for southwestern Pennsylvania and working effectively for citizens and communities in the district, as well as the commonwealth as a whole,” Snyder said. “We found common ground on critical energy legislation, and the same focus will produce dividends on fixing the $2 billion shortfall in the state budget and addressing unfair education funding and school property taxes.” Her legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Snyder, features legislative and local information, including her district and Harrisburg offices, and enables constituents to sign up for email updates on state government and regional issues. Constituents also may follow Snyder via her legislative Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepSnyder, and legislative Twitter account, Read more
At a ceremony at the state Capitol Tuesday, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., was sworn in for his second term in the state House of Representatives, marking the beginning of the 199th legislative session.
"Pennsylvania is facing serious issues that must be addressed, both in Philadelphia and Harrisburg," Harris said. Read more
State Rep. Bill Keller, D-Phila., has begun his 12th term representing residents of the 184th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was also appointed by the House Democratic Leader to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, was sworn in today to his 13th term in the House of Representatives, where he will continue to serve as Democratic Whip, second in command in the House Democratic Caucus. "I’m looking forward to working with Democrats, Republicans and Governor-elect Tom Wolf to forge a fresh start in Pennsylvania," Hanna said. "It’s no secret that the commonwealth was left a fiscal mess, and fixing it will be the priority." Hanna’s colleagues elected him to a third two-year term as Democratic whip in November. As whip, he assists party leaders in coordinating the caucus in its responses to legislation and other matters. "I will be relentless in seeking solutions to problems and issues affecting the 76th Legislative District and all of Pennsylvania," said Hanna, who said he will be focusing on sound fiscal policies, state and local tax reform, education and agricultural and rural issues as the General Assembly’s two-year session evolves. "Everyone is geared to getting Pennsylvania out of its rut and moving forward," said Hanna, after participating in the swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol that marked the start of the 2015-16 legislative session. Hanna has served in the state legislature since 1991. He is a graduate of Lock Haven High School, Lock Haven University and earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, D-Phila., today began his 14th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will continue to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Commerce Committee. "With the multibillion dollar budget deficit and other issues facing us in the areas of public education and community development, there is a lot to get done this session," Thomas said. "I look forward to working with Gov.-elect Tom Wolf to resolve these problems and to put Pennsylvania on the path for a productive future for all." Thomas also returns to another term as Democratic chairman of the Commerce Committee, where he helps guide legislation and policy involving the banking and financial services industries. As chair of the Commerce Committee, Thomas said he is particularly focused on job creation, retention and stabilization and moving Pennsylvania from 47th in the nation in terms of job growth to first. Thomas' constituent service office is located at 530 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia. The phone number is 215-560-3261. Thomas also invites residents to visit his website –www.pahouse.com/Thomas – which has links to information on state services and includes a form that allows constituents to email him. The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today for a ninth term representing Pittsburgh's 23rd Legislative District. He is also serving for a third term as Democratic caucus chairman, the third-highest ranking member of the caucus leadership. "Pennsylvanians will expect the new legislature to work with Governor-elect Tom Wolf, whose term begins January 20, to address the serious challenges left from Governor Corbett's term, including a $2 billion deficit, the need to restore funding that was cut from K-12 and higher education and Pennsylvania's rock-bottom ranking in job creation. I and other Democrats stand ready to do our part to pass common-sense solutions that Pennsylvanians support, such as a reasonable tax on gas drilling," Frankel said. "Pennsylvanians will also expect bipartisan cooperation on important issues such as the continuing UPMC-Highmark dispute, other health care reform and transparency issues, equal protections for LGBT Pennsylvanians – including in the workplace -- and continued support for proactive women’s health initiatives," added Frankel, co-chair of the Women's Health Caucus. Frankel was first elected to the House in 1998. He previously served as chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation. As a legislator, he has championed numerous initiatives, such as increased funding for mass transit, community and economic development in Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, began her third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremonies in the state Capitol. “I’m eager and prepared to begin charting a new course for the commonwealth,” Davis said. “I am enthusiastic about working with Republicans, Democrats and Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s administration to put Pennsylvania on a better path.” Davis said she will resume her advocacy for property tax reform as well as efforts to improve incomes and outcomes for working families, veterans and retirees. “The new session is a fresh start to correct misplaced priorities and to put Pennsylvania’s fiscal house in order,” Davis said. “Plus, my experience in local government will help to advance policies to promote equitable, livable and sustainable neighborhoods and communities.” Davis has served in the state legislature since 2011 after serving multiple terms on the Bristol Township Council, where she served on its finance, pension, and building, planning and zoning committees. She is a graduate of LaSalle University. “My experience is uniquely matched to the tasks at hand, and I am ready to hit the ground running," Davis said. Residents are encouraged to sign up for email updates from Davis on state issues by visiting her website, www.pahouse.com/Davis, where links to her Facebook and Twitter Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a noon ceremony at the state Capitol today, state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, was sworn in to begin his fifth term representing the people of the 140th Legislative District. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, was sworn in today to a fifth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today to a fifth term as the 38th House District representative in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, took the oath of office today to begin his 11th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – Starting her 11th term as the first black female to hold a leadership post in the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s history, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., took the oath of office for the 2015-16 legislative session vowing to fight for increased education funding, raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and ensuring equal opportunity for all citizens. Selected by her peers as House Democratic Caucus secretary, Youngblood now holds a key spot on the leadership team, with the added duties of helping chart and implement strategy and direction for House Democrats. First elected in 1994, Youngblood said she will continue to fight for the principles and priorities that put people first. And she stated that becoming the first black female to hold a leadership position in the history of the Pennsylvania legislature comes with a responsibility to focus on issues that support working families, including ensuring that every Pennsylvanian obtains equal pay for equal work, along with employment protection for pregnant and sick employees. “I am honored to be elevated by my fellow Democrats to their leadership team,” Youngblood said. “With the help of Governor-elect Tom Wolfe, we are enthusiastic about a change in direction and priorities from the previous administration, which failed the students of Philadelphia, and students all across the commonwealth, by short-changing needed Read more
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