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Pennsylvania State Representative District 22

Description of office: The General Assembly is the legislative branch of government in Pennsylvania. It is composed of two houses: the Senate is the upper house, and the House of Representatives is the lower house. A majority vote in both houses is necessary to pass a law. The PA House of Representatives consists of 203 members representing one district each, with an equal number of constituents. Representatives must be at least 21 years old, have been a citizen and a resident of the state four years and a resident of their respective districts one year before their election, and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service. The House develops budget packages, makes taxation decisions, allocates spending, and passes laws (including redistricting in collaboration with the Senate). The House also has the exclusive authority to impeach public officials. Representatives also serve on various policy committees that may propose legislation. Term: 2 years Salary: $106,422 Vote for ONE.

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    Joshua M. Siegel

Biographical Information

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing Pennsylvanians, and how would you address them?

What changes would you support making to Pennsylvania’s voting laws to expand access, ensure security, and support local election officials and processes?

What legislation would you support to comply with the Commonwealth Court's ruling that Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unconstitutional and must be reformed?

What changes, if any, would you support making to Pennsylvania’s abortion laws?

County Lehigh
Occupation State Representative
Qualifications Current State Representative, Former Allentown City Councilman, Former Assistant Operations Manager Lehigh County Controller, Former Lehigh County Public Information Officer
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X Handle @JoshuaSiegelPA
The biggest issue we must address in Pennsylvania is the affordability crisis. Working families across the commonwealth are struggling with the cost of property taxes, higher education, housing and putting food on the table. We must correct decades of divestment from our education system and our communities to ensure we have a prosperous workforce and a vibrant economy. In my first term, I was proud to increase the Property Tax Rent Rebate for the first time since 2007, helping seniors stay in their homes, increase the maximum amount for the child tax credit to $2,100 for families and the largest basic education increase in the history of the state, but there is much more work to do.
We must make sure that our election officials have the tools and funding to run efficient and fair elections. Here in Lehigh County we have protected the use of dropboxes to make it more convenient to vote. There is still more we need to do in the legislature. The burden that the legislature has put on election officials by not allowing them to precanvass mail in ballots has delayed vote counts and has cynically been used by some officials to falsely attack the integrity of our elections. Our elections are at the heart of our democracy, and it is our responsibility as legislators to ensure they are funded and fair.
The Commonwealth Court’s decision was a groundbreaking acknowledgement of the injustice of our education funding. I see it as an opportunity to correct a historic wrong that has left far too many Pennsylvanians behind. We have a constitutional duty to ensure that our education system is thorough and efficient, and historically the legislature has not provided equal funding to our students, especially in districts like Allentown. We have started to address this through funding increases, and I look forward to the opportunity to be part of the legislature that finally addresses this tragic inequity.
I will always protect a woman’s right to choose.