Frankel sworn in for 10th term; 4th term in leadership

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today for a 10th term representing Pittsburgh's 23rd Legislative District. He is also serving for a fourth term as Democratic caucus chairman, the third-highest ranking member of the caucus leadership.  

"We have important work to do on behalf of Pennsylvanians, including passage of a state budget that continues to adequately fund education and vital human services, while also responsibly addressing our structural deficit. I will also focus on priorities such as reintroducing the bipartisan Pennsylvania Fairness Act to protect LGBT residents from discrimination, the Patient Trust Act to take politics out of health care, and legislation banning surprise health-care fees such as 'facility fees,'" Frankel said.

"Pennsylvanians expect their legislators to work with Governor Tom Wolf to achieve positive change and solve problems, not to oppose him out of reflexive partisanship."

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 Pittsburgh and other cities, public education, biomedical research and expanded access to health care, as well as improving gun safety and fighting discrimination. He continues to co-chair the Women's Health Caucus, the LGBT Equality Caucus and the SAFE Caucus, which supports gun safety legislation.

Frankel represents the 23rd Legislative District, which includes part or all of these Pittsburgh neighborhoods: Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Greenfield, Oakland, Point Breeze and Regent Square. His office is at 2345 Murray Ave., Suite 205, Pittsburgh, 15217; phone 412-422-1774. He also provides information on his website at and on social media at and

Frankel graduated from Pennington School in 1974 and earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 1978 from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He has served as a Commonwealth Trustee for the University of Pittsburgh. An active community leader, Frankel is dedicated to promoting youth, environmental and urban development initiatives, and has been recognized for his community service through numerous awards. He and his wife Debra have three children.