Schweyer sworn in for first term as state representative

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer today began his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will represent the relocated 22nd Legislative District in the 2015-2016 legislative session.

Schweyer said his legislative priorities include properly funding public schools and supporting affordable access to higher education, including the DREAM Act.

Prior to his election, Schweyer worked as director of community and government affairs for Sacred Heart Hospital. He also served as chief of staff for former state Rep. Jennifer L. Mann and as legislative assistant for state Sen. Lisa M. Boscola and state Rep. Steve Samuelson. Later, Schweyer became the youngest member of Allentown City Council when he took office in 2008.

“As a longtime resident of Allentown, I look forward to representing my friends and neighbors,” Schweyer said. “Both sides of the aisle need to work together on the issues that matter most to everyone; not just in my district, but across the Commonwealth.

The 22nd Legislative District took over sections of Center City Allentown from the old 132nd District due to the legislative redistricting process. The district includes the city’s South Side and a portion of the East Side. Before redistricting, the 22nd district was across the state in the Pittsburgh area.  

Schweyer invites Allentown residents to visit his newly redesigned webpage, www.pahouse.com/Schweyer, for information about constituent services. Residents also may follow Schweyer's updates via his legislative Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepSchweyer, and legislative Twitter account, www.twitter.com/RepSchweyer.

Constituents also can contact his district office, located at 1912 S. 4th St., Allentown. The number is 610-791-6270.

The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January.