Category Archives: PA House

How did women fare on election day in Chesco?

Women representing Chesco in Washington and Harrisburg, 2013-14:

US Congress: 0/3
PA Senate: 0/4
PA House: 1/9
total: 1/16 = 6%

Women elected to represent Chesco in Washington and Harrisburg, 2015-16:

US Congress: 0/3
PA Senate: 0/4
PA House: 1/9
total: 1/16 = 6%

End Gifts to Legislators

from Susan Rzucidlo for State Representative (158th)

In Pennsylvania, giving gifts to legislators is big business. Under current law, only gifts valued at over $250 or transportation and lodging valued at over $650 must be disclosed however currently in Pennsylvania any gifts of any value can legally be given to legislators, as long as it can’t be linked directly to a vote. This is an improper law and practice that is counter to the principles on which our government was founded. Continue reading

Current Chesco PA House and Senate members

As of Oct. 2014. Some districts include areas outside Chester County

PA House
13 John A. Lawrence (R)
26 Tim Hennessey (R)
155 Becky Corbin (R)
156 Dan Truitt (R)
157 Warren Kampf (R)
158 Chris Ross (R)
160 Stephen Barrar (R)
167 Duane Milne (R)
168 Thomas H. Killion (R)

PA Senate

9 Dominic Pileggi (R)
19 Andrew E. Dinniman (D)
26 Edwin B. Erickson (R)
44 John C. Rafferty Jr. (R)

Download an Excel list, with info from the state legislative site, of each municipality with its House and Senate districts and office-holders here: ChesCo reps in H’burg 10-14.

2013-2014 Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard

Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and the Sierra Club present the 2013-2014 Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard, a permanent record that scores every Pennsylvania state legislator on environmental votes cast during the 2013 – 2014 Legislative Session.

This legislative session was notable for the large number of attacks on environmental protection. The PA House of Representatives generated most of this anti-environmental legislation. …

From the full report, here are scores for all currently serving Chesco legislators (note the below-passing scores for all R’s, even for supposed “moderates”):

PA Senate

19 Dinniman, Andrew D 100% (this district not on 2014 ballot)
26 Erickson, Edwin R 38%
44 Rafferty, John R 38%

PA House

13 Lawrence, John A. R 8%
26 Hennessey, Tim R 25%
74 none (new district in Chesco)
155 Corbin, Becky R 50%
156 Truitt, Dan R 33%
157 Kampf, Warren R 33%
158 Ross, Chris R 33%
160 Barrar, Stephen R 33%
167 Milne, Duane R 42%


Contact: Susan Rzucidlo

Harrisburg, PA – August 26, 2014 —

Kathi Cozzone, Susan Rzucidlo, Marian Moskowitz, Anne Crowley, Whitney Hoffman, Ann Schott, and Sandy Snyder joined other Democratic women candidates from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg today, August 26, to commemorate the certification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. This group constitutes the largest number of Democratic women ever to run in a general election for the state legislature and includes candidates for Congressional seats as well.

Joining them as speaker was Katie McGinty, Director of Fresh Start PA and former gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

“This is ‘The Year of the Woman’ in Pennsylvania politics,” said Susan Rzucidlo, organizer and candidate for the 158th State House, noting the number of women candidates who chose to run because they believe that government can and must do better for the people of our nation and Commonwealth. Continue reading

6 Chesco women for PA House

Organized by former state representative Barb McIlvaine-Smith

for state representative candidates
Anne Crowley
Whitney Hoffman
Marian Moskowitz
Susan Rzucidlo
Sandra Snyder
Ann Schott

at the home of Andrea Lynch, with many hosts and co-hosts and with guests

Mike Stack (candidate for Lieutenant Governor)

Katie McGinty (chair, Fresh Start PA)

Joe Sestak (former Congressman, future Senate candidate)

For full details and RSVP info, download the pdf here: Stack Event_20140904_Invite

Pennsylvania lawmakers find a way to hinder so-called ‘open meetings’

editorial, Daily Local News, 7/17/14

Talk about decisions being made in smoke-filled back rooms.

A report by PAIndependent states that in this year’s state budget process, the Pennsylvania Legislature “routinely hosted key committee meetings in hot, cramped rooms that couldn’t accommodate all those interested in watching.”

“While crowds of observers and lobbyists were left in the hallway, craning to hear the action inside, those lucky enough to find a spot sweated it out or battled claustrophobia,” reported Andrew Staub.

Leave it to Pennsylvania lawmakers to find a way to keep taxpayers out of an “open meeting.”

According to the report, the Republican leadership, especially in appropriations, routinely uses for meetings conference rooms that are both too small for observers and also lack the camera feeds found in larger meeting rooms.

Without the camera feeds, folks at home, i.e. taxpayers, miss out on budget proceedings that could be broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

In some cases, the rooms become so hot and crowded with lobbyists and legislators that some have complained of possible fire code violations and the danger of people passing out — “or worse” — in the words of Bill Patton, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, PAIndependent reported.

Melissa Melewsky, an attorney with the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, told Staub that while the Sunshine Act does not address the size of the meeting rooms, it might be something for the General Assembly to consider.

“As much public access as possible is ideal, whether that’s through a bigger room or televised access or both,” Melewsky said. “The important thing is that anyone who’s interested needs to have a method of access to that decision because once it’s over, it’s over, and the public has lost the opportunity to see what’s going on.”…

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