Congressional Term Limits

(Jun 02, 2021)

The idea of congressional term limits is appealing to many Americans, and it’s not hard to see why. Members of Congress have about a 95% re-election rate despite the American public broadly disapproving of Congress in the aggregate. Incumbents have little incentive to engage constructively with their constituents under these circumstances, since their seats are already largely safe. However, I do not think congressional term limits are the solution. By themselves, they solve few of these problems, since incumbents who have not reached their term limit will still be just as likely to be re-elected, and the nature of partisan gerrymandering means that most districts will remain uncompetitive even if we instituted term limits tomorrow. On top of this, it will also create the new problem of eliminating much of the institutional knowledge and experience that is acquired with years of service, while limiting good politicians who have the bona fide support of their constituents to only a few terms. In my view, we need a renewed focus on eliminating the structural factors that give incumbents an undue advantage and make them less accountable to the people. Chief among these are partisan gerrymandering and access to campaign finance. Gerrymandering is the practice of drawing districts so as to maximize your party’s dominance, and it has markedly reduced the competitiveness of congressional districts. Before 1978, according to a study by the Political Studies Read more


Herrin to hold Virtual Senior Expo for Greater West Chester Area at 11 a.m. June 17

(Jun 02, 2021)

WEST CHESTER, June 2 – State Rep. Dianne Herrin will hold a virtual expo for residents of the 156 th Legislative District who are 60 years of age and older at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 17 to introduce beneficial resources and engaging activities available to older community members. Attendees can participate over Microsoft Teams or watch from an internet connected device and call in live. The 156 th Legislative District includes East Goshen, Westtown, Birmingham, Thornbury, and parts of West Goshen townships, as well as the Borough of West Chester. “The Greater West Chester Area is a fantastic place to live for older Pennsylvanians,” Herrin, D-Chester, said. “My expo will highlight some great leaders and representatives of local agencies who work every day to keep our senior community active, healthy and thriving.” Scheduled to join Herrin are Victoria Long, legal advocate with the SeniorLAW Center; SEPTA Manager of Legislative Affairs Rochelle Culbreath; and Sheryl Bruck, manager with the Chester County Department of Aging Services. Those interested in attending should send their name and email address to Herrin’s office by emailing or by calling 610-696-4990. Those interested also can watch a live stream of the meeting at For residents without internet access, a call-in number will be provided upon request. More Read more


Virtual Senior Expo

(May 27, 2021)

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Info on Vaccines and Updated COVID-19 Restrictions; Take My Survey.

(May 07, 2021)

This week, Governor Wolf announced that all restrictions, except masking, related to gatherings, restaurants, and businesses will be lifted on Memorial Day, May 31st. Read more


View the recording of my Virtual Town Hall held Thursday, May 6

(May 05, 2021)

Rep. Herring invites you to watch the discussion from her May 6 Virtual Town Hall with constituents. Read more


Herrin to hold online town hall for Greater West Chester Area at 7 p.m. May 6

(Apr 29, 2021)

WEST CHESTER, April 29 – State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, will hold a virtual town hall for residents of the 156th Legislative District at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6 to introduce her office and hear from residents on the issues that matter most to them. “My district office is open and ready to serve you,” Herrin said. “I want to introduce you to the services my office can provide and understand your priorities so I can advocate on your behalf in Harrisburg. I also want to talk about my experience in Harrisburg so far and how what goes on behind the scenes affects us here at home.” Those interested in attending should send their name and email address to Herrin’s office by emailing or by calling 610-696-4990. Those interested also can watch a live stream of the meeting at For residents without internet access, a call-in number will be provided upon request. For more information, those interested can contact Herrin’s office at (610) 696-4990. Read more


Rep. Herrin and Sen. Comitta announce $175,000 in CFA Act 13 funds for inclusive, ADA-compliant playground in Everhart Park

(Apr 22, 2021)

State Rep. Dianne Herrin and state Sen. Carolyn Comitta, both D-Chester, today announced that West Chester Borough will receive of a total of $175,000 in Commonwealth Financial Authority Act 13 funds. The funds will be used to upgrade Everhart Park’s playground. Hillsdale Elementary School students designed this new playground for their peers during a workshop conceived by Friends of Everhart Park and facilitated by Play by Design, a playground design firm. “These young designers have ensured every child will feel welcome,” Herrin said. “A public park should be a place for inclusion, community and togetherness, and this project really hits the mark. It promises to be a magical place where all children can unleash their imaginations and families can come together to simply celebrate life. We are grateful for this generous award.” “Everhart Park’s new playground is a project that is truly by, of and for all children. I am grateful to all of those who are working together to make it a reality, including the Friends of Everhart Park, West Chester Borough Parks and Recreation, and the many professionals who have volunteered their time, support and expertise,” Comitta said. “This park holds a special place in my heart. With these improvements, I have no doubt it will do the same for many children and families for years to come.” This project includes the purchase and installation of new Read more


Vaccine Update: Appointments Available for All Chester County Residents!

(Apr 15, 2021)

I am very excited to report that, through the Chester County Health Department, all people aged 16 or older living and working in Chester County are eligible to set up an appointment to receive the vaccine! You can schedule your appointment online through this link!This is extremely encouraging in our nationwide effort to control this pandemic. After a slow start, Pennsylvania is making significant progress, and we are becoming vaccination leaders! As of April 14, Pennsylvania is 10th in first-dose vaccinations in the country and over 40% of Pennsylvanians have received at least one dose of vaccine so far! Read more


Herrin announces over $499K to expand STEM and computer science programs at West Chester University

(Apr 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 14 – State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, today announced West Chester University will be the recipient of $499,860 in PAsmart Advancing Grants that expand access to computer science and STEM education for Pennsylvania learners. “This is a great investment in our youth, our economy and our future,” said Herrin. “This funding will help educate future leaders in ‘green’ STEM careers so they have the tools and skills to create a more sustainable world for us all – and an economy boosted by green technologies and meaningful new jobs.” West Chester University of Pennsylvania will be the recipient of $499,860 to build on the National Science Foundation-funded Education for Sustainability Philly Teacher Leadership program. The program will expand student access and engagement in sustainable or “green” STEM education through teacher development and engage students in creating a sustainable Philadelphia. The program links classroom learning to civic action and green STEM careers. Projects funded by the PAsmart Advancing Grants include Computer Science and STEM after-school programs in robotics and artificial intelligence; the establishment of innovative STEM partnerships between school districts and higher education partners to provide college credits and industry credentials in STEM and Computer Science; support for diversity and inclusion on esports teams in high-need Read more


Herrin announces $4.9K grant for Chester County Library System

(Mar 29, 2021)

State Representative Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, today announced that the Chester County Library System will receive an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Professional Development Training Grant from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries totaling $4,947.85. “The Chester County Library System has been a vital part of this community for over 50 years,” Herrin said. “We are fortunate enough to be part of a library system of committed people recognized for their knowledge, inspiration, and for ensuring opportunity for all. This money will directly help the system – which includes the historic West Chester Public Library – carry out its mission of ensuring every resident has equal access to exceptional opportunities to learn, read, create, and connect with big ideas that help us all create a better life and improve our community.” This grant will help library employees attend virtual professional development programs in principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion – principles that the library system integrates into all of its practices and work functions. For more information, contact Herrin’s office at (610) 696-4990. ### Read more


Vaccines In Chester County: State Rep. Explains Inequities

(Mar 12, 2021)

Chester County's vaccine supply remains scant and State Rep. Dianne Herrin explained why suburban Philly got 'shorted' and what to expect. Read more


Vaccine Distribution Update

(Mar 11, 2021)

Vaccine Distribution UpdateWe have all heard concerns that distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines isn’t equitable and we’re getting shorted. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening and what we can expect. Read more


Herrin announces $23K for Kesher Israel Congregation in PCCD grants

(Mar 11, 2021)

State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, announced today that $23,000 in Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants has been approved for Kesher Israel Congregation of Chester County from the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program. “Hate crimes are an unfortunate reality in our society, and this money will help protect against tragedies at the religious communities in our district,” Herrin said. “To make sure patrons of our places of worship feel safe, we must do what we can to provide them with security and peace of mind. Any place of worship should be a safe place.” State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, whose constituents attend Kesher, said, “Unfortunately, this state is no stranger to hate crimes and religious violence. We have to give these places of worship every line of defense they need to feel safe and secure during their time of prayer.” Applicants may use the grant funding for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of the facilities, including: Safety and security planning. Purchase of safety and security equipment. Purchase of security-related technology, which may include but is not limited to: Metal detectors. Protective lighting. Surveillance equipment. Special emergency communications equipment. Electronic locksets. Deadbolts. Trauma kits. Theft control devices. Safety and Read more


Vaccine Updates and Local Information

(Mar 05, 2021)

Vaccine Manufacturing Accelerates Last Friday, the FDA gave emergency approval to a 3rd COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Johnson and Johnson (J&J). This vaccine only requires one dose as opposed to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which require two doses. President Biden also announced drug manufacturer Merck will assist J&J in production of its vaccine, which will sharply boost supplies and, he says, create enough vaccines for every American adult by the end of May. Read more



(Mar 03, 2021)

To my valued constituents,I have decided after some deliberation to co-sponsor House Bill No. 270, and support Pennsylvania’s membership in the National Popular Vote Compact. I believe this is a necessary step on the way to ensuring a national election system that fairly and truly represents all Americans. As Americans, we hold the principle of one person, one vote to be one of our highest ideals of governance, and it is time we once again take a meaningful and confident step in the direction of realizing this ideal, just as we did with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and before then with passage of the 19th amendment. For too long, our presidential elections have been decided by a system that systematically disenfranchises intra-state minorities and determines a national election, in which all Americans should have an equal voice, on a state-by-state basis, in which the voices of political minorities within a state count for nothing. However, I recognize that some constituents will disagree and contend that the electoral college is a just system. So, I will try to address some of the arguments here. The first argument often proposed for the electoral college is that it empowers small states that would otherwise be overlooked by presidential candidates. However, if this was the aim of the current electoral system, it has failed miserably. Small states are still by and large overlooked by presidential candidates, who often focus their efforts... Read more


Vaccine Update and the Latest Budget Proposal

(Feb 26, 2021)

As we get ready to close out the month of February, I want to keep you informed about some important news from our office. Read on about the vaccine rollout and to learn my views on the state’s budget as proposed by the Governor. Read more


Position Paper: Governor Wolf's Proposed Budget

(Feb 23, 2021)

Governor Wolf’s budget contains three key proposals: Fairer funding of the Commonwealth’s public schools, a gradual minimum wage increase, and a more progressive tax structure. While I believe some modifications are needed, I support these three approaches in general, because together they provide opportunity for working people. Dismantling barriers to basic educational and income opportunities is central to boosting our economy, strengthening our families, and improving the resilience of our communities and our country. I will continue to fight for all families and our small businesses as long as I serve in the General Assembly. Read more



(Feb 10, 2021)

A Message from State Representative Dianne HerrinWith the pandemic still upon us, conflicting information about vaccine availability is leading to confusion and frustration. In the interest of communication and full transparency, I will be releasing regular vaccine updates. As your state representative, I will continue to push for quick and efficient vaccinations in Chester County and our district. Read more


Vaccine Update

(Feb 10, 2021)

A Message from State Representative Dianne HerrinWith the pandemic still upon us, conflicting information about vaccine availability is leading to confusion and frustration. In the interest of communication and full transparency, I will be releasing regular vaccine updates. As your state representative, I will continue to push for quick and efficient vaccinations in Chester County and our district. Read more


Troubleshooting PUA claims: How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim

(Jan 27, 2021)

How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim : Log in to your dashboard Select “File for Weekly Benefits” Then select “File Your Weekly Certification to Continue Your Claim” You will see the message “You currently have a claim established however it is inactive.” Click on “here.” It will seem as if you are opening a new claim. The system knows you are only attempting to reopen the claim you already have established. Click Next. You will see the Welcome to Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Portal Page. Click next. The next eight pages are pre-populated based on your initial claim information. You will click next after verifying the information is correct on each page. If it is not correct, you should make updates at this time. Note: This includes things such as your email, address, date of birth, education information and employment status. You will also be asked the COVID questions. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE MAJOR DISASTER INFORMATION QUESTION YOU SHOULD SELECT COVID -19 NOT COVID 19 -2 If you reported that you are self-employed, the system will ask for you 2020 wages. This is an error. You should enter all 0s for those wages. You will also need to answer if you have worked since you last filed for weeks. If you have worked, you must click the “I have worked since my last Read more