May. 12, 2023

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A Busy Morning in the 87th District

On Tuesday, I joined the team at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to help stock trout in the Yellow Breeches Creek.


After stocking, I spent some time with middle school students at Yellow Breeches Middle School in South Middleton School District for the Junior Achievement Your Economic Success (YES) Summit. Students rotate modules to learn about financial literacy, technology and career pathways.

Learning More About Our PA National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap

This week, I had the opportunity to visit Fort Indiantown Gap with the House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee. My colleagues and I met with officers, toured the base, saw the new Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy and tried out the simulators used for training. Pennsylvania is home to one of the largest National Guard contingencies in the nation, and Fort Indiantown Gap has been consistently rated one of the nation's best training facilities.

Students from Winding Creek, Iron Forge Elementary Visit the Capitol

Students from Winding Creek Elementary and Iron Forge Elementary School visited Harrisburg to tour our beautiful Capitol complex. I had a great time chatting with the teachers and students, answering their questions about state government and being an elected official. I always enjoy meeting our future leaders!

If you would like to set up a Capitol tour, please visit Capitol Guided Tours – PA Capitol.

A Successful Toast with Thomas at Caffe 101

What a great turnout at Caffe 101 yesterday morning for Toast with Thomas! Thank you to everyone who took time to stop by for breakfast and to discuss what's going on in state government.

Thanks also to our friends at Monroe Fire Company who stopped by with an engine to say hello to everyone in the community. Stay tuned for my next Toast with Thomas this summer!

Primary Election Day Tuesday, May 16

This Tuesday, May 16, is the municipal primary election. Voters will have the opportunity to choose their party’s candidates for positions such as county commissioner, county row offices, school board, borough and township officials, judges and more.  

Voters may cast their ballots in person at their local polling place. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Additional information about in-person voting is available here.  

Voters who have chosen to vote by mail-in or civilian absentee ballot must have those ballots back to their county Board of Elections no later than 8 p.m. on election day.

Only voters registered as Republicans or Democrats are eligible to vote for candidates in the primary election, unless you reside in a community where a special election is taking place or a referendum is on your ballot. Check with your county elections office for details about what is on your ballot. For comprehensive information about the state’s elections, visit
Policy Hearings Highlight Keystone Commitment to All Pennsylvanians

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Last week, House Republicans outlined our Keystone Commitment to all Pennsylvanians. This is a people-driven, future-focused platform that delivers hope through the opportunity to experience earned success.

It is built on four cornerstones: a thriving economy, affordable living, safer communities, and a child-first, family-focused education.

As we seek to identify paths to achieve these goals, the House Republican Policy Committee has been and will continue to be hosting hearings on key issues and challenges facing our communities. In recent weeks, the committee has discussed issues of funding for local police, hospital pricing transparency and student transportation. On the agenda next week is a hearing about the opportunities created by career and technical education. Click here for more information about the Policy Committee hearings.
Learn more about our Keystone Commitment to all Pennsylvanians at
Peace Officers Memorial Day Monday

This Monday, May 15, is Peace Officers Memorial Day.

It is a day, first established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, designed to pay tribute to the brave local, state and federal peace officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. The day falls during National Police Week, which is being marked from May 14-20.

We are blessed by the men and women who have taken an oath to serve and protect and particularly those who have sacrificed their lives to protect public safety.
Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and continuing the fight against the stigma people face when seeking help.

This year’s theme is “More than Enough.” It seeks to highlight he inherent value each person holds, regardless of diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background or ability.

In Pennsylvania, mental health services are administered through county Mental Health and Developmental Services programs. To learn more about mental health care in Pennsylvania, click here.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.