Cephas announces critical House committee appointments to help in ongoing fight for more equitable Pennsylvania

Nearly a week after being sworn in for her third term, state Rep. Morgan Cephas today announced she has been appointed to several critical House committees to aid in her ongoing efforts to put the needs of her West Philadelphia communities first and to ensure a more equitable Pennsylvania in the 2021-22 legislative session.

Cephas said she's been selected to serve on the:

  • Appropriations Committee, which provides elected officials and Pennsylvanians with accurate, informed and timely reports and recommendations about the commonwealth's fiscal issues. 
  • Health Committee, which predominantly focuses on matters pertaining to health care, including affordable health care, mental health, addiction and issues pertaining to a public health crisis.        
  • Labor and Industry Committee, which addresses proposals that help shape business climate and laws governing Pennsylvania's workforce, including issues such as unemployment compensation, workers' compensation and raising the minimum wage.  
  • Insurance Committee, which traditionally takes up legislation related to insurance coverage including car insurance and health insurance. 

"From health care and jobs to ensuring state resources go to those who need them most, I am excited and honored to have been chosen to be on House committees that play a pivotal role in tackling issues mattering most to all Pennsylvanians," said Cephas, D-Phila. "Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has left people homeless and unemployed, while exacerbating injustices faced by our most vulnerable populations. As we move forward, I will use these appointments to concentrate on not only rebuilding our commonwealth but doing so with an equitable lens."

In the previous session, Cephas served on the Appropriations, Labor and Industry, Aging and Older Adult Services, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees.

She was recently appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.