Zabel announces committee assignments for second term

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, announced Monday his committee assignments for the 2021-22 legislative session, his second term in the House.

Zabel will serve on the House Education, Judiciary, and Tourism and Recreational Development committees. He also will continue his work as a co-chair for the bipartisan Juvenile Justice Task Force. Zabel was the only freshman representative or senator named as a co-chair when the task force was formed in 2020. 

“I’m excited to begin my second term in the House, serving on committees that can bring about important change and improve the lives of residents, not only in my legislative district here in Delaware County, but also around the state,” Zabel said. 

The following includes a brief description of each committee or task force: 

 

  • Juvenile Justice Task Force: Comprised of state senators, state representatives and other members selected for their expertise, the interbranch task force is scheduled to deliver its final report on Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system by March 31. The next meeting for the task force is scheduled for Wednesday. The task force is charged with improving the outcomes for juveniles, families and communities.
     
  • House Judiciary Committee: Reviews bills pertaining to law enforcement and corrections. It provides oversight over a number of state agencies. The committee evaluates prison staffing and inmate populations and housing conditions. Zabel has served as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. He formerly served as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia. A graduate of Temple Law, he graduated in the top 10% of his class and was elected class graduation speaker.
     
  • House Education Committee: Reviews bills that pertain to educational funding, school choice and charter schools, teacher standards and more. Zabel taught in middle school, high school and college, and taught Greek and Latin for seven years. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and his master’s degree in classics from Indiana University Bloomington.

  • House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee: Oversees legislation that pertains to the state’s tourism industry. The committee has jurisdiction over the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.