Williams flies mission with PA Air Guard

(Sep 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams joined members of the 171st Air Refueling Wing as they flew an air-to-air refueling mission out of their facility near Pittsburgh. As a member of the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, Williams explains why he works on legislation that gives the Guard the tools they need to succeed. Read more

 

Rep. Williams announces state investment for Chester County airport

(Aug 28, 2019)

“Investing in infrastructure is critical to our community’s economic revitalization,” Williams said. “My thanks to Governor Wolf and PennDOT for this grant to improve Chester County Airport and for committing to our commonwealth’s growth and restoration for all Pennsylvanians. These funds will help the airport complete expansions and improvements that fuel economic development in the area.” Read more

 

8/12/19 – Fair Education Funding – Coatesville

(Aug 15, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Dan Williams. Read more

 

Williams Hosts Hearing On Fair Education Funding

(Aug 13, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss fair education funding across the commonwealth. He explains why this issue is critical for children and taxpayers. Read more

 

Rep. Williams, Policy Committee discuss fair education funding

(Aug 12, 2019)

Williams requested the hearing to discuss ways to improve the allocation of educating funds for school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Williams Supports Sustainable Energy

(Jul 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams joined the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the importance of sustainable energy. He explains how these resources help ensure the health and well-being of communities across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Williams Impressed with New Ideas to End Gun Violence

(Jul 25, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Williams was impressed with the new ideas and resources that were discussed by the House Democratic Policy Committee at a public hearing on treating gun violence as a public health crisis. Read more

 

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Click to listen to the discussion

(Jul 17, 2019)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say on the issues that matter to our community. Read more

 

Why I Voted for an Imperfect Budget

(Jul 02, 2019)

When running for office, I promised to serve the public with honesty and integrity. This was not just campaign rhetoric. I take that commitment seriously. This was my first time voting on Pennsylvania’s budget and it required a difficult decision. Admittedly, this budget is riddled with missed opportunities, but there are also positive aspects that benefit residents throughout the commonwealth. It was important to consider both. One missed opportunity is raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Everyone deserves to earn a living wage as soon as possible, and it can be done through stand-alone legislation. That is why I signed on early to House Bill 1215 – legislation that would immediately raise the minimum wage to $12/hour, provide gradual yearly increases to $15/hour, and further link automatic increases to the regional Consumer Price Index. This is an effective and sensible measure to aid hardworking Pennsylvanians and assist them in averting the grasp of poverty. I agree we need to do more and I’m proud to support this measure. Some have claimed they couldn’t vote for this budget because it didn’t include funding for the General Assistance Program. In 2012, then-Gov. Corbett dismantled this program, which helped residents in extreme need (people with long-term disabilities, fleeing domestic abuse victims, and veterans injured during service) afford the bare necessities like toiletries and transportation. Governor Wolf kept Read more

 

Williams supports new auto shop opening in Coatesville

(Jun 26, 2019)

COATESVILLE, June 26 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, attended the ribbon-cutting of a Coatesville auto store on Saturday, June 22. America’s Finest Automotive Concepts, LLC is open for business on East Lincoln Highway. Store owner Jose Colón is a Coatesville native and has worked in the automotive industry for the last nine years. “I will always support my constituents for chasing their dreams and contributing to our community,” Williams said. “Local businesses are an asset to our community and I’m proud to support my constituents on their entrepreneurial endeavors. I was honored to attend this ceremonial ribbon-cutting and to be a part of Mr. Colón’s special day. I wish him nothing but the best.” ### Read more

 

Bishop Shanahan STEM team places first in Governor’s annual STEM competition

(Jun 18, 2019)

COATESVILLE, June 17 – Students from Bishop Shanahan High School’s STEM team won the grand champion title at Gov. Wolf’s STEM Competition this year. The theme was “Improving Pennsylvania through STEM.” The team of seven students won the overall medical category by creating a portable, life-saving device that improves the success rate of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. This prototype earned Bishop Shanahan’s STEM team first place out of 26 student teams from across Pennsylvania. The challenge was to address the needs of Pennsylvanians while utilizing their STEM-related knowledge and skills. On Wednesday, June 12, Williams welcomed the Bishop Shanahan STEM team into the House chamber to be recognized for their accomplishment. “To see the innovation and dedication these students gave to building a life-saving device is truly remarkable. Our future is in good hands with these bright minds. I’m so pleased that my House colleagues joined me in recognizing these fine students and thank Governor Wolf and Senator Dinniman for taking time out of their day to congratulate them as well,” Williams said. ### Read more

 

Williams, Otten announce $400,000 worth of grants awarded to Coatesville Area School District

(Jun 11, 2019)

COATESVILLE, June 11 — State Reps. Dan Williams and Danielle Friel Otten, both D-Chester, announced that five schools within the Coatesville Area School District will share $400,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and its 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. Schools within Williams’ legislative district that will receive these funds are Gordon Learning Center, South Brandywine Middle School and Scott Middle School; and schools awarded within Otten’s legislative district are Reeceville Elementary School and North Brandywine Middle School. According to Coatesville Area School District superintendent Cathy Taschner, the funds will go toward implementing before- and after-school programming. “The Coatesville Area School District is excited to be able to offer much needed before- and after-school programming for students through the 21st century learning grant,” Taschner said. “We want to thank our Chester County Intermediate Unit partners who have applied for this grant and included us in the process. We know that quality before- and after-school programming can improve academic performance, improve physical health, and provide a structured, safe environment for students. We look forward to the impact this grant will have on our students.” “This is a step in the right direction. All our Commonwealth’s businesses and citizens should be contributing to the costs required Read more

 

Williams and constituents clean up veteran cemetery in time for Memorial Day

(May 24, 2019)

COATESVILLE, May 24 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, accompanied by nearly 40 volunteers, beautified the Old Evergreen Cemetery in Coatesville in honor of Memorial Day approaching. Old Evergreen Cemetery is the eternal resting place for many local African American veterans. Tombstones in the Old Evergreen Cemetery honor veterans from as far back as the Civil War. Williams and volunteers removed weeds and shrubberies that were consuming graves to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country. “These veterans who gave their lives for our freedom deserve the respect and honor of having their graves visible,” Williams said. “It’s not just on Memorial Day we should recognize these individuals, but it should be throughout the year.” Williams said he was thrilled that the Coatesville community saw the importance of preserving this cemetery and all the stories that it holds. He added it was uplifting to see volunteers ranging from toddlers to seniors come together to revitalize Old Evergreen Cemetery and honor the legacies of those buried there. “It’s reassuring to see that community members want to honor those buried here and ensure their stories aren’t forgotten,” Williams said. “Memorial Day is all about recognizing veterans who are no longer with us, and this cleanup was our way of thanking them for everything they did for our country.” Read more

 

Otten, Williams announce $33k in grants to expand school breakfast programs

(May 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 16 — State Reps. Danielle Friel Otten and Dan Williams, both D-Chester, announced that the Coatesville Area School District will receive $33,296 in state funds to ensure every student can start his or her day with a wholesome, healthy breakfast. The grants are provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative and were rewarded to 151 schools across the commonwealth. Schools may use this grant toward expanding upon its current breakfast program, or to implement new breakfast options such as grab-and-go style breakfasts or breakfast in the classroom. Schools in Williams’ legislative district each received grants worth $4,162: Coatesville Area Senior High School East Fallowfield Elementary School Coatesville Intermediate High School Caln Elementary School Rainbow Elementary School Scott Middle School Schools in Otten’s legislative district each received grants worth $4,162: North Brandywine Middle School Reeceville Elementary School “For too many students, a well-balanced meal may not be available at home. No student should ever be prevented from achieving their highest learning potential because of an empty stomach,” Williams said. “I sincerely thank Governor Wolf for sharing my values and for helping the Coatesville Area School District to provide for students who deserve every chance at success.” "Even in our wealthy county, many Read more

 

Williams hosting cleanup event for Old Evergreen Cemetery

(May 10, 2019)

COATESVILLE, May 10 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, invites constituents to join him from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18 for his cleanup of the Old Evergreen Cemetery, located at 206 Cemetery Road, Coatesville, 19320. Williams said the Old Evergreen Cemetery has historical significance to the local African American community. Many African American veterans were laid to rest at the cemetery dating back to the Civil War. Then, following Coatesville’s first wave of the Great Migration between the 1900s and 1920s, dozens of black families buried their loved ones there until the cemetery reached capacity in the 1960s. “This cleanup event seeks to brighten the cemetery and honor those resting there, to show their legacies as veterans and Coatesville’s first African American migrants have not been forgotten,” Williams said. “The grounds of the Old Evergreen Cemetery hold many stories, and it is important for us to help preserve them.” According to Williams, before it was a cemetery, a church of the Religious Society of Friends, otherwise known as a Quaker church, stood at the location. It later became the site of the Saint Paul Methodist Church, which is now on Merchant Street in Coatesville. Williams added that the cemetery’s Quaker roots play a significant role in its meaning to the African American community. “Historically, Quakers were conductors on the underground railroad, so the location of the Quaker Read more

 

Williams announces $138,000 grant to Coatesville school district

(May 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 9 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, announced today that Coatesville Area School District will receive a $138,000 grant to enhance and implement school safety and security efforts. “You can’t put a price on the safety of our children, so I’m very grateful that Coatesville Area School District is receiving this grant to better ensure the well-being of its students,” Williams said. The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments. It will be the choice of the school district to determine how exactly the funds will be used. Eligible purposes include, but are not limited to: safety and security assessments, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, intervention training programs, training of school police officers and counseling services for students. Further information about the grants can be found here: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx . Read more

 

Rep. Williams appointed as Democratic secretary of the Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, was recently appointed Democratic secretary of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee assists the House of Representatives by developing amendments and related legislation and reviewing bills pertinent to veteran-related and other military issues, as well as disaster preparation and emergency response. It has oversight of the Department of Military Affairs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services under the Department of Health. “Most of the real heroes in our communities don’t wear capes, but they defend and rescue, often with little acknowledgment of their efforts,” Williams said. “I’m honored to serve as secretary of this committee.” Williams, who was sworn in for his first term Jan. 1, also serves on the Children and Youth Committee and the Urban Affairs Committee. He represents the 74 th Legislative District in Chester County. Read more

 

Williams kicks off spring season of Caln Little League of the Coatesville Area

(Apr 09, 2019)

State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, joined Little Leaguers of all ages and community members to open the first day of the season for the Caln Little League of the Coatesville Area. Read more

 

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place

(Mar 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Pennsylvania lawmakers representing 11 House districts and three Senatorial districts across Chester and Delaware counties have signed a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking him to impose a moratorium on the transmission of natural gas liquids products through the Mariner East pipeline system until the mandated protocols are in place for local responders to properly manage a pipeline emergency. Chester County Emergency Services and local school districts along the pipeline, including Downingtown Area School District, Rose Tree Media School District and West Chester Area School District have requested Energy Transfer Partners' subsidiary SPLP to provide its Emergency Response Plan for the Mariner East project, which the responders and school districts need to complete their comprehensive All Hazards Emergency Response Plans and fulfill their statutory requirements under Title 35 of state law . The letter urges Wolf to preserve the health, welfare and safety of constituents who live, work and raise their families in the high-consequence areas of Chester and Delaware counties within the impact radius of Mariner East. “We have pipelines currently transporting highly volatile products through our communities, and our local first responders are not able to adequately plan their emergency response or mitigate our risk because the operator has failed to cooperate with repeated requests for their Emergency Response Plan,” said Read more

 

Coatesville anticipates return of SEPTA rail service

(Mar 08, 2019)

COATESVILLE, March 8 – The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority announced plans Thursday to return its regional rail service to Coatesville in the near future, and Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, joins with SEPTA, PennDOT and other local officials in a commitment to ensure the new train station is completed as soon as possible. SEPTA Service to Coatesville was discontinued in 1996, and population increases in the city and across Chester County have prompted plans to reinvest in this transportation opportunity, Williams and other officials said. Williams , elected last fall to represent the 74 th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, expressed gratitude to SEPTA and Chester County Commissioners for their diligent work on restoring service to Coatesville. “Residents in our district have been requesting the return of SEPTA service for a long time, and I’m excited for this opportunity,” Williams said. “Our residents deserve it. My deepest appreciation goes out to SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel and all parties whose hard work and determination has helped us reach this point in the process, and I look forward to contributing to helping us reach our ultimate goal of service restoration in Coatesville.” Williams said he’s partnering with Coatesville City Council, Chester County government, SEPTA and PennDOT to initiate this service as soon as possible and to extend SEPTA service to Read more

 

Williams flies mission with PA Air Guard
Sep 06, 2019

Rep. Williams announces state investment for Chester County airport
Aug 28, 2019

8/12/19 – Fair Education Funding – Coatesville
Aug 15, 2019

Williams Hosts Hearing On Fair Education Funding
Aug 13, 2019

Rep. Williams, Policy Committee discuss fair education funding
Aug 12, 2019

Williams Supports Sustainable Energy
Jul 26, 2019

Williams Impressed with New Ideas to End Gun Violence
Jul 25, 2019

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Click to listen to the discussion
Jul 17, 2019

Why I Voted for an Imperfect Budget
Jul 02, 2019

Williams supports new auto shop opening in Coatesville
Jun 26, 2019

Bishop Shanahan STEM team places first in Governor’s annual STEM competition
Jun 18, 2019

Williams, Otten announce $400,000 worth of grants awarded to Coatesville Area School District
Jun 11, 2019

Williams and constituents clean up veteran cemetery in time for Memorial Day
May 24, 2019

Otten, Williams announce $33k in grants to expand school breakfast programs
May 17, 2019

Williams hosting cleanup event for Old Evergreen Cemetery
May 10, 2019

Williams announces $138,000 grant to Coatesville school district
May 09, 2019

Rep. Williams appointed as Democratic secretary of the Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee
May 01, 2019

Williams kicks off spring season of Caln Little League of the Coatesville Area
Apr 09, 2019

Chester, Delaware lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner operations until safety protocols are in place
Mar 11, 2019

Coatesville anticipates return of SEPTA rail service
Mar 08, 2019