Schweyer begins second term

State Rep. Peter Schweyer began his second term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday, Jan. 3, where he will represent the 22nd Legislative District in the 2017-18 legislative session.


Schweyer said his legislative priorities include increasing the minimum wage and supporting economic development, properly funding public schools, investing in pre-kindergarten programs and supporting affordable access to higher education.


Additionally, Schweyer intends to introduce legislation that would address the closure of three unemployment compensation services centers in Allentown, Altoona and Lancaster and to also reintroduce legislation to begin funding programs aimed at combatting veterans’ suicide. The closures of the unemployment compensation services centers resulted in 88 job losses in his district, and impacted 500 workers statewide.


“Born and raised in center-city Allentown, I look forward to continuing to represent the concerns and needs of my friends and neighbors,” Schweyer said. “Now, most especially, 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.”


Schweyer invites Allentown residents to visit his webpage,, for information about constituent services. Residents also may follow Schweyer's updates via his legislative Facebook page,, and legislative Twitter account,


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 201st legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January.