Freeman reappointed chairman of House Local Government Committee for the Democrats

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, this week was reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee.

The appointment was made by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai upon recommendation by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody.

Freeman has served as the Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee since 2006. He authored legislation that created the state’s Elm Street program which assists older urban residential areas in revitalizing their neighborhoods. He was also one of the leaders in the Municipalities Planning Code revisions enacted in 2000 that became Acts 67 and 68 of that year.

"The Local Government Committee is important to my district because it deals with land use planning, urban revitalization and all aspects related to local governance, 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 is the fifth-most senior member of the House Democratic Caucus.

The 136th Legislative District includes Easton, parts of the townships of Lower Saucon and Palmer, and all of Williams, and the boroughs of Freemansburg, Glendon, Hellertown, West Easton and Wilson.