Kosierowski excited to begin work in state House

HARRISBURG, April 8 – Standing before family and friends in the state Capitol, Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski took the oath of office today to become the newest member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“It’s inspiring to join a group that includes Benjamin Franklin among its earliest members. I’m also fortunate to follow such a dedicated and beloved public servant as Sid Kavulich. And it’s exciting to be the first woman to represent Lackawanna County in the General Assembly in more than 50 years,” said Kosierowski who was joined at the ceremony by 62 supporters.

She won a special election in March to replace Kavulich, who died unexpectedly last year following complications from surgery.

“I’m looking forward to receiving my committee assignments and working on the issues that matter to my neighbors and those who put their trust in me to represent them in Harrisburg,” Kosierowski said.

As state representative, Kosierowski's legislative priorities include preserving and enhancing healthcare services for all. She also plans to take steps to address the burden of school property taxes, as well as support efforts to impose a tax on natural-gas extraction and to close legal loopholes that allow multi-state corporations to pay lower income taxes.

She is a lifelong Pennsylvanian, and a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and Villanova University. She resides with her husband Joe and their four children in Waverly Township, raising her family in the same neighborhood where she and her five siblings were raised.

She will announce her district office location and staff in the near future.

In the meantime, she has a legislative website at www.pahouse.com/Kosierowski, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepBridget and Twitter page @RepBridget.

With Kosierowski’s addition, the House Democratic Caucus now has 93 members, with 109 House Republicans and one vacancy.

A photo gallery of the day can be found here.