Matzie named Democratic chairman of House Consumer Affairs Committee

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that he has been appointed Democratic chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee. Matzie has been serving on the committee since 2009.

“It’s an honor to be named Democratic chair of the House Consumer Affairs Committee. I thank Democratic Leader Frank Dermody for his trust and faith in naming me to lead one of the most important committees in the House of Representatives. 

“I’ve served on the Consumer Affairs Committee for 10 years, including eight years as a subcommittee chairman, so I’m well versed on the issues we’ll need to address and the challenges we’ll face.

“My past committee work, including protecting Pennsylvanians from identity theft and saving tax dollars on bad state contracts, ensures that a watchdog for taxpayers will now be in a leadership position. 

“The Consumer Affairs Committee has consistently operated to find consensus when possible and I have every intention of preserving that working relationship. My goal is to find solutions to whatever problems arise. It’s about people, not politics.

“It’s a great responsibility to protect consumers with oversight in such areas as utilities, cable and telecommunications, and transportation services like Lyft and Uber – and it’s a responsibility that I take very seriously.

“Although I’ll have to look at any issue in the way it can affect Pennsylvania as a whole, never doubt that first and foremost in my mind will be the impact on Beaver County and the folks in my district.”