Carroll begins seventh term, leads House Transportation Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 -- On January 1st, I was sworn-in as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to begin my seventh term serving the people of the 118th District in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. As with past swearing-in days, this year’s ceremony served as a remarkable reminder of the substantial responsibility that I am given by the people of the community.

During my time as State Representative, I’ve always striven to be an effective and passionate advocate on behalf of the people and institutions of our region. In my view, this is accomplished by being deeply immersed in the legislative process to ensure our voices are recognized and included in policy debates in the legislature while simultaneously advocating for projects that enhance the quality of life for the people of our region.

I’m extremely proud of the achievements our area has enjoyed in both public policy and community enhancements during my tenure. These achievements are attained thanks to the collective efforts of many people with whom I work to improve our communities and state. These people include county, school district and local officials as well as our federal elected officials and my fellow state officials. Further, the input from community leaders, many of whom serve in a volunteer capacity, on boards, commissions and nonprofits are critical to numerous community improvements.

I’m very proud to have been selected to serve as the Democratic Chairman of the House Transportation Committee this term and will work to improve our vital transportation network here in Northeastern Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth. While working to achieve this goal, I will remain vigilant in my advocacy for education from pre-K and basic education to higher education. An ongoing focus on economic development, our environment and public safety are among many policy areas that will continue to demand my attention. While each legislator cannot assume a leading role in every policy debate, it is vital that our viewpoint is included in matters that most impact our region.

Finally, I’m proud to make myself available to the people of the 118th District as a resource to help them resolve issues they face in dealing with state government. My decades of experience in state government have exposed me to nearly every problem my constituents may face and have given me the knowledge to answer or resolve their concern. I know my experience and knowledge have proven to be a tremendous advantage to my constituents and I look forward to continuing providing this service. 

As we begin another legislative year at a time when governing is more challenging than ever, I’m quite certain the people of the 118th District can count on me to work to ensure their voices are heard in Harrisburg and help advance projects important to our communities. 

I eagerly accept the responsibilities of my position and will continue to strive each day to improve the lives of each member of our community. It is a tremendous honor to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and I will work tirelessly to be the best partner a community and its people can have.