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Pennsylvania State Representative District 128

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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    Mark M. Gillen

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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 Berks
Occupation PA State Representative
Education AA Bucks Community College BS Bob Jones University. MEd.Kutztown State University
Qualifications Former Mohnton Boro Council member. 30 years as an Emergency Medical Technician. Former PA Correctional Officer. Previously Act 48 Certified Educator.
The number one topic of constituent discussion in the area I represent is the onerous property tax. I have consistently advocated for alternative revenue sources that would help keep seniors in their homes. Eliminating property taxes would also open up home purchase opportunities for young people whose mortgages would be more modest in the absence of a large property tax bill build into their monthly payments. A number of pieces of legislation have been introduced through the years and it's time leadership moves them forward for a vote.
Large bipartisan majorities have asserted in polling data they are comfortable with voter ID laws designed to protect the vote. Producing identification is an established norm in dozens of different civic and business intersections. We all desire a secure election system. To encourage participation we must be certain that no one is disenfranchised by someone illegally taking another person's voting right.
As a graduate of Kutztown University with an advanced degree in education I highly value the importance of our constitutionally mandated public education system. I was for many years an Act 48 certified educator who occasionally guest taught in local classrooms. My votes for robust funding from early childhood education through the twelfth grade have helped produce record levels of state dollars locally. The courts have mandated more responsiveness to the needs of poorer districts. This challenge will be met as we also strive to protect local taxpayers.
The 1988-89 Abortion Control Acts were signed into law by Democratic Governor Bob Casey Sr. Those laws continue to produce enduring guidance well into the 21rst century.