Madden and McNeill take helm of Northeast Delegation

HARRISBURG, June 16 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, has been selected to serve as chairwoman of the Northeast Democratic Delegation of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the remainder of 2021-22 legislative term. 

Madden took over the chair position when delegation chairman Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, was sworn in as a state senator last week.

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh was appointed to serve the remainder of Madden’s unexpired term as vice-chairwoman.

Both Madden and McNeill were appointed by the delegation’s 14-member board.

Madden, who has now gained seniority as chairwoman, said she is dedicated to move the delegation forward on many issues important to the Northeast.

“The Northeast Delegation will be tackling important issues that matter to everyone, such as equity in education, social programs, senior services, diversity, equal pay, voting rights, health care and workplace safety regulations,” Madden said. “We must continue to work together on both sides of the aisle and mend our divisions so we can provide unified, effective change for the people of Pennsylvania.”

McNeill said she will be at the forefront of debates on issues that affect her constituency and the delegation.

“It’s an honor that my colleagues have selected and entrusted me with the responsibilities of vice-chairwoman for the Northeastern Delegation,” McNeill said. “I’m eager to work with Chairwoman Madden to ensure that, as a delegation, our individual goals become collective, representing the entire region and better enabling us to meet the ever-changing needs of the communities we serve.”

Recent research suggests this may be the first time the House Democratic Northeast Delegation has women at the helm in positions as both chair and vice chair.

The Northeast Delegation includes  members who represent Berks, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe and Northampton counties.