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Rep. Austin Davis elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation

Rep. Brandon Markosek sworn in for 1st term as state representative

(Jan 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today to his first term representing the 25th Legislative District. “I am deeply honored to serve the people of the 25th District,” Markosek said. “I thank them for their confidence in my ability to best serve their interests in Harrisburg. In the coming term, I look forward to working with my Democratic colleagues and those across the aisle to achieve the House Democrats’ #Plan4PA.” Markosek explained that the Plan for PA is focused on creating a Pennsylvania that puts working families first by providing good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. “The items laid out in the #Plan4PA are sure to enrich the lives of people in Allegheny County and across the commonwealth,” Markosek said. Markosek is one of 91 House Democrats starting the 2019-20 legislative session, and one of the 24 first-term House Democrats elected for this session. The remaining two seats will be decided by special election this spring. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Tuesday in January. This is the 203 rd legislative session. Read more

 

Matzie takes oath to begin sixth term as state representative

(Jan 02, 2019)

State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, took the oath of office today to begin his sixth term representing the 16th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more

 

Gainey sworn in for fourth term as state representative

(Jan 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – Vowing to continue fighting for the interests of Pennsylvania’s working families, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, was sworn into office today to serve his fourth term representing the 24th Legislative District. “I’m excited to start this new term, and like always, my inspiration comes from serving my district and the hardworking people who live here," Gainey said. “They rise to any challenge to support their families and give our children a rightful head start. They are who make our community what it is, and they deserve every opportunity the commonwealth has to offer. “A special priority of mine is gun violence. The tragic events that happened in our streets, churches, synagogues and schools should never happen. And at no time should a family have to bury a relative killed by senseless gun violence. I’m committed to sponsoring and supporting commonsense gun legislation.” Gainey noted that education is another top priority. “The greatest investment the state of Pennsylvania can make is in the education of our children. The data is clear that our children benefit when they can attend Pre-K and Head Start schools. We must continue to increase funding for Pre-K and Head Start, as well as advocate for universal Pre-K. The more prepared our children are, the better our future looks.” Gainey vowed to continue pursuing his other legislative priorities in the upcoming session. He said Read more

 

Lee sworn in to Pa. House of Representatives

(Jan 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, made history today as she was sworn in as the first black woman to be elected to the state House from Western Pennsylvania. As she begins representing the 34 th Legislative District, Lee said she will call on her experience as a community organizer, activist, lawyer and advocate for social justice to accomplish her legislative priorities. For Lee, those priorities include greater economic justice for working families and reforms in the areas of education, health care, energy policy and criminal justice. “I’m so excited to roll up my sleeves and start working for meaningful change for residents in our district,” Lee said. “It’s time for a tax structure that benefits all Pennsylvanians – not just the wealthy. We need to level the playing field, and I plan to work to make that happen.” Another of Lee’s priorities is enacting a living wage – a move she sees as fundamental to giving hardworking families a fair chance to succeed. It’s also an important part of the House Democrats’ Plan for PA , which puts Pennsylvania’s working families first by focusing on good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and an economy that ends corporate handouts and ensures that everyone pays their fair share. The 34 th Legislative District includes parts of Allegheny County, including parts of Pittsburgh, the township of Wilkins, and the boroughs Read more

 

Gainey: Nearly $1.25M in tax credits to spur investments, fight hunger in distressed Allegheny County areas

(Dec 18, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 18 – Nearly $1.25 million in tax credits approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program will benefit six community redevelopment projects in the 24 th Legislative District, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced today. “These tax credits are going to projects that will transform struggling, blighted areas into vital, productive places and address issues such as food insecurity,” Gainey said. “They’re giving our area’s hardworking families back the opportunities they deserve – opportunities that have been lost due to urban blight, inadequate housing, empty storefronts and food insecurity.” Gainey said the entities and amounts are as follows — $400,000 to Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp. to support economic revitalization of Wilkinsburg by, among other things, repurposing vacant lots in the business district. $360,000 to Operation Better Block to clear blighted properties, rehab housing units and perform streetscaping, among other projects. $187,500 to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh to rehabilitate properties and further stabilize the community. $160,000 to Bloomfield-Garfield Corp. to support improvements to a four-block stretch of the Penn Ave. corridor, construct and renovate area housing, and create jobs. $82,500 to 412 Food Rescue Inc., to support development of a kitchen space and conversion of surplus food into SNAP-eligible Read more

 

Kulik: Neville Township project to benefit from state investment

(Dec 17, 2018)

An economic development project in Neville Township will receive a $150,000 investment from the state. Read more

 

Frankel, Fontana speak out on need for gun reform at local level

(Dec 14, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 14 – Speaking at a news conference today, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, called for commonsense gun reforms at the local level and highlighted the need to empower Pittsburgh city officials to enact those measures. Joining Frankel at the event to call for local gun reform were state Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Allegheny, Gov. Tom Wolf, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, city council members, gun safety advocates, gun violence victims and concerned residents. “We’re tired of inaction and stonewalling at the state level as residents continue to die in gun violence and mass shootings like the Tree of Life massacre,” Frankel said. “Our neighbors are demanding stronger protections from weapons, but our elected leaders’ hands are tied by provisions in state laws designed to block local action. That’s why I’m introducing legislation this week that would eliminate those provisions and pave the way for commonsense gun reform. “We can’t afford to wait any longer to protect residents and stem the violence. Other cities have acted to create local regulations for firearms. It’s time to act, before more lives are lost.” Fontana lauded renewed efforts by city officials and community activists to pass proposals similar to measures he recently introduced on the state level. They include bills that would ban assault weapons and allow family members or law enforcement to petition to have a gun Read more

 

Pittsburgh wants to pass gun control. This Pa. legislation could make it possible

(Dec 13, 2018)

The proposal is from Rep. Dan Frankel, who represents Squirrel Hill. In the wake of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre, Pittsburgh officials want tougher gun laws. The problem won’t be political will in a city deeply shaken by tragedy, but Harrisburg. Read more

 

Disability and mental health resource summit March 13-15

(Dec 11, 2018)

Join us March 13 through 15 at Beth El Congregation at 1900 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh for a disability and mental health summit. Read more

 

Allegheny County Democrats elect leadership for new session

(Nov 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation today elected state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, as chairman in the 2019-20 legislative session. Along with Miller as the chair, delegation members also selected state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Robinson, as vice chair, and state Rep. Austin Davis, D-McKeesport, as secretary. “I’m honored to be chosen to lead the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation as we go forward together, fighting for our communities, families and middle class,” Miller said. “I cannot express how excited I am to be elected by my colleagues, and I look forward to helping move Allegheny County forward.” In addition to the delegation’s announcement, House Democrats also elected their 2019-20 leadership team. State Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, was re-elected as the House Democratic floor leader. Read more

 

Join me, a man of perfect imperfections, in confronting mental health issues

(Jul 31, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley, overcoming bouts of depression and PTSD, knows first-hand that seeking help is a sign of strength. He will infuse mental health awareness into all aspects of his Fifth Annual Health and Wellness Weekend, set for Aug. 18-20 with events throughout the 19th Legislative District. Read more

 

Wheatley calls on House GOP leaders to return to work and complete budget

(Jul 12, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley requests that the Republican leaders of the state House of Representatives return to Harrisburg and complete work on the overdue 2017-18 state budget. “I am requesting that the speaker of the House call the House back into session and keep working until we successfully vote on a revenue package that pays all of the bills of the commonwealth,” said Wheatley, Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. Read more

 

Sunrise to sunset fast during June targets hunger, food insecurity

(Jun 01, 2017)

Reps Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey begin their sunrise to sunset fast during June to highlight hunger and food insecurity problems in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Thanking our mentors: National Teacher Appreciation Day, Week

(May 08, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley reports that it's National Teacher Appreciation Week -- Tuesday, May 9, is National Teacher Appreciation Day -- and skimping on education funding would be no way to thank teachers, this week or any time. Read more

 

ACA Open Enrollment closes Tuesday, Jan. 31; Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications, help available

(Jan 27, 2017)

Rep. Kulik reports that that if you need to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's federal marketplace, the deadline for open enrollment is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Read more

 

LCB accepting bids for 50 expired restaurant licenses; Farm Show visitors urged to check travel conditions

(Jan 06, 2017)

Rep. Ed Gainey reports that the LCB is inviting bids for 50 expired restaurant licenses in 48 counties across the state, including two licenses in Allegheny County. Read more

 

Wheatley reappointed chairman of House Finance Committee

(Jan 05, 2017)

State Rep. Jake Wheatley will again take a leadership role in the General Assembly with his reappointment as Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. Read more

 

DeLuca pharmacy technician bill passes House

(Jun 09, 2015)

House Bill 854, introduced by state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, would require pharmacy technicians to hold a high school diploma or equivalent, pass a criminal background check and complete a board-approved training program before being permitted to register with the state. Read more

 

Allegheny County 911 Center Tour

(Apr 01, 2015)

Members of the Allegheny County Delegation tour the Allegheny County 911 Center. Read more

 

Rep. Brandon Markosek sworn in for 1st term as state representative
Jan 02, 2019

Matzie takes oath to begin sixth term as state representative
Jan 02, 2019

Gainey sworn in for fourth term as state representative
Jan 02, 2019

Lee sworn in to Pa. House of Representatives
Jan 02, 2019

Gainey: Nearly $1.25M in tax credits to spur investments, fight hunger in distressed Allegheny County areas
Dec 18, 2018

Kulik: Neville Township project to benefit from state investment
Dec 17, 2018

Frankel, Fontana speak out on need for gun reform at local level
Dec 14, 2018

Pittsburgh wants to pass gun control. This Pa. legislation could make it possible
Dec 13, 2018

Disability and mental health resource summit March 13-15
Dec 11, 2018

Allegheny County Democrats elect leadership for new session
Nov 16, 2018

Join me, a man of perfect imperfections, in confronting mental health issues
Jul 31, 2017

Wheatley calls on House GOP leaders to return to work and complete budget
Jul 12, 2017

Sunrise to sunset fast during June targets hunger, food insecurity
Jun 01, 2017

Thanking our mentors: National Teacher Appreciation Day, Week
May 08, 2017

ACA Open Enrollment closes Tuesday, Jan. 31; Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications, help available
Jan 27, 2017

LCB accepting bids for 50 expired restaurant licenses; Farm Show visitors urged to check travel conditions
Jan 06, 2017

Wheatley reappointed chairman of House Finance Committee
Jan 05, 2017

DeLuca pharmacy technician bill passes House
Jun 09, 2015

Allegheny County 911 Center Tour
Apr 01, 2015