Krueger takes on expanded leadership roles in state House
HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, this week announced that she has been appointed to additional responsibilities in the state House while continuing to serve on the Appropriations, Environmental Resources and Energy and Labor and Industry committees.
Krueger’s new responsibilities include being appointed the Democratic chair for the subcommittee on Government and Financial Oversight for the House Appropriations Committee and regional vice chair for Delaware County within the House Democratic Southeast Delegation.
“With the new session comes new responsibilities and I am honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with these expanded committee and delegation leadership roles,” Krueger said. “That includes making sure taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly and as intended as the Democratic chair for the subcommittee on Government and Financial Oversight.”
The Southeast Delegation, the largest in the PA House, is one of the most powerful delegations. With 35 members, 14 of whom are freshman, the delegation is also one of the fastest-growing. Members in the delegation represent eight counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and York.
“My appointment as regional vice chair for Delaware County is a tremendous opportunity to give Delco a strong voice in the House’s largest delegation,” Krueger said. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues from Delaware County to make sure that the issues that matter to the communities we serve are prioritized in the state legislature.”
The Appropriations Committee considers fiscal-related matters and conducts budget hearings each February and March to review and evaluate the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal. It also has jurisdiction over the state budget process, the offices of Auditor General and State Treasurer and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.
“Our state budget is critical to supporting vital programs and services in communities across the commonwealth,” Krueger said. “I am ready to continue working with the committee to develop solutions that address our structural deficit while properly investing in education, healthcare, seniors, protecting our environment, economic development and more.”
The Environmental Resources and Energy Committee establishes regulations on environmental issues, including air and water quality and waste management.
“Environmental issues are important to my constituents and to our region,” Krueger said. “Since taking office, I have helped make sure pipeline safety issues are given the attention they deserve, introduced a resolution to commit Pennsylvania to tackling climate change and stood with children and families to push for environmental policies that put the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians first. I look forward to continuing to use my position on this committee to advance policies and legislation to protect our clean air and water.”
The Labor and Industry Committee reviews legislation on issues such as the state’s minimum wage, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, building and construction codes and workplace health and safety.
“Continuing to serve on the Labor and Industry Committee is a great honor and allows me to continue pushing at the committee level for an increase in the minimum wage, safer workplaces and real accountability for sexual harassment across the Commonwealth and in state government,” Krueger said. “We brought a lot of deserved attention to sexual harassment and misconduct last session, but were blocked from a vote. I’m committed to working with colleagues across the aisle to make more progress this year.”