HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – History was made Tuesday during swearing-in ceremonies at the state Capitol when two Schuylkill County legislators formally began serving in their leadership roles for the 2015-16 legislative session in the General Assembly.State Sen. David G. Argall, R-Schuylkill/Berks, and state Rep. Neal P. Goodman, D-Schuylkill, will serve in leadership roles for the two-year session in their respective chambers, marking the first time a Schuylkill County senator and representative will hold leadership roles at the same time in over 100 years.Argall, who became the first senator from the county since the 1860s to serve in a leadership role, will lead the Senate Majority Policy Committee, while Goodman will serve a second term as caucus administrator for the House Democratic Caucus. Goodman is the first House Democrat from Schuylkill County to hold a leadership position in the caucus since his uncle, James Goodman, served as chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee from 1977 to 1980.“I'm thankful that my colleagues have again put their trust in me,” Goodman said. “I'm looking forward to continuing to carry out my responsibilities as caucus administrator, and continuing to represent the interests of the people of the 123rd Legislative District.”“I’m honored to serve as majority policy chairman for the new legislative session,” Argall said. “I’m looking forward to shedding light on issues Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, began his 15th term representing the 136th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives Tuesday 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'm pleased to once again be able to serve the needs and interests of the people of my district," Freeman said. Freeman is the longest-serving member in the current Lehigh Valley delegation. He served as a state representative from 1982 to 1994, and was re-elected again in 1998 and has served since. He was reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee Monday. "This is a committee that is important to my district as it deals with land use planning, development and urban revitalization efforts, all issues impacting the Lehigh Valley," Freeman said. "Government at the local level is closest to the people. The committee can be instrumental in assisting local governments to fulfill their responsibilities to the community." Freeman's district includes the city of Easton, parts of the townships of Lower Saucon, Palmer and all of Williams, and the boroughs of Freemansburg, Glendon, Hellertown, West Easton and Wilson. Read more
State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., was sworn into office today for his first term as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving the 173rd Legislative District. Read more
State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, was sworn in for a third term representing the 185th Legislative District during a ceremony at the state Capitol. The 185th District consists of portions of the city of Philadelphia, as well as Colwyn Borough, Sharon Hill Borough and part of Darby Township in Delaware County. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6– State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, was sworn in today to represent the 121st House District for the 2015-2016 legislative session. Pashinski said some of his legislative priorities are continuing to work toward making health care affordable for all Pennsylvanians, appropriate funding for education, enacting a tax on Marcellus Shale drilling and reducing property taxes.“I am honored and privileged to once again represent the people of the 121st District, and I thank everyone who took the time to vote,” Pashinski said. “Since we will have a Democratic governor, we now have a seat at the table to balance the power between the executive branch and the Republican-controlled House and Senate. “2015 will certainly prove to be very challenging but it is our responsibility to get the job done for the people of Pennsylvania.”Pashinski invites all Luzerne County residents to visit his newly designed web page, www.pahouse.com/Pashinski for information about constituent services. Residents also may follow Pashinski via his legislative Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepPashinski and legislative Twitter account, twitter.com/RepPashinski.Constituents also can visit his district office located at 152 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre or get help by phoning 570-825-5934.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th Legislative Session. The state constitution mandates that the Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today took his oath to represent residents of the 149th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for a fourth term. Briggs took part in the official swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol that marked the start of the 2015-16 legislative session. The state constitution mandates the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January every year. "It is an honor to be sworn in to another session to serve as the voice for the people of the 149th Legislative District," Briggs said. "Between the multibillion-dollar budget deficit, and the previous administration's lack of investment in public education – there is a lot to get done. But I am ready to work with Governor-elect Tom Wolf and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put Pennsylvania on a path of prosperity for all." In particular, Briggs said he wants to focus on the establishment of a fair funding formula to better evenly distribute education funds. Briggs said his office will continue to provide top-notch service to constituents and he will continue the creative outreach programs begun in earlier terms, including the "There Ought to be a Law" essay contest for fifth-grade students, the office's student art show series, as well as his “Breakfast with Briggs” constituent meetings. Briggs' constituent service office, which is open Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria, was sworn in to the House of Representatives today, beginning his fourth term as a legislator. Today’s swearing-in ceremony marks the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session and the 199th of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. "The Johnstown area needs strong, experienced leadership in Harrisburg. In the face of another tough budget year and the challenges that come with it, I will remain committed to finding solutions to problems such as crime, drug addiction and dwindling education resources while advancing sound ideas and real projects that create jobs and encourage economic growth for the region," Barbin said.In his last term, Barbin helped shepherd millions in state resources to improve sewer infrastructure, clean area waterways, fund commerce improvements, and support natural gas, among others. Residents are encouraged to sign up for periodic e-mail updates from Barbin on state issues by visiting his website, www.pahouse.com/Barbin, and clicking on the "Contact" tab. He also provides updates online at www.facebook.com/RepBryanBarbin. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, officially began his 17th term as state representative after being sworn in during a special ceremony at the state Capitol today. The swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 199th Legislative Session. The legislature is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January following an election.DeLuca will retain his post as Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee. "I am honored to continue to serve the people of the 32nd Legislative District. As Insurance Committee chairman, I’ve fought hard for their access to quality and affordable health care at our region’s best medical facilities. I will continue to help residents navigate the health insurance climate in western Pennsylvania,” DeLuca said.“I also look forward to working with Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s administration to improve the quality of education for children throughout the commonwealth, better protect consumers and strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy.”Residents can sign up for periodic email updates from DeLuca on state issues and services by visiting his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/DeLuca, and clicking on the “Sign up for emails” link under the “Contact” button on the page. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, was sworn in today for a new term representing west Philadelphia's 188th Legislative District. "As we begin a new session, I look forward to working to improve education in Pennsylvania, and that has to include restoring more of the school funding that has been cut during Governor Corbett's four years,” Roebuck said. “Philadelphia has been especially hard-hit by those cuts, but the impact has been statewide. Governor-elect Tom Wolf begins his term Jan. 20, and school funding has to be a top priority along with dealing with the $2 billion deficit Governor Corbett is leaving behind. We already know there are common-sense ways to generate funding, such as a reasonable tax on gas drilling and closing corporate tax loopholes." ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today for his fourth term serving 21st Legislative District residents in the Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesToday’s ceremony marks the beginning of the 2015-2016 legislative session, the 199th of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The state House returns to voting session Jan. 20.“Serving the 21st Legislative District is a great honor, and I plan to continue to work hard to reflect their needs and interests in the district and Harrisburg,” Costa said.Costa said he will continue to fight for legislation regarding animal rights, first responders, public safety, and consumer protection and insurance issues.Residents may visit Costa’s constituent service office located at 6808 Greenwood St., Suite 2, Pittsburgh or call 412-361-2040 for free assistance with state-related services, including driver and vehicle assistance and Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications. Costa encourages residents to sign up for periodic email updates from him on state issues and services by visiting his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/DCosta, and clicking on the "Sign Up for Emails" link under the contact tab. He also encourages residents to visit his social media sites at www.facebook.com/RepDomCosta and http://twitter.com/RepDomCosta. Read more
State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., was sworn into his eighth term as state representative for the 180th Legislative District during a swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol today.
The ceremony marked the beginning of the 199th legislative session for Cruz and the rest of the state House.
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
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
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