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Pennsylvania State Representative District 157

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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    Melissa Shusterman

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    Regina Mauro

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 Chester
Occupation PA State House Representative
Education I'm a graduate of Conestoga High School, Lafayette College with a BA in History/Russian Studies, and Chinese Literature (minor), and American University with a MA in Film and Video.
Qualifications I serve on Judiciary, Chair of it's Subcommittee on Family Law, member of the Transportation, Health, Rules, and State Government Committees. I'm Co-Chair of the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus, Co-Founder, Co-Chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Animal Protect. This will be my 4th term.
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X Handle @MelissaForPA
I have heard from businesses and working families across the state that they needed help when it came to the difficulty in caretaking and childcare especially during and after the pandemic. Rep Tina Davis (Bucks) and I worked with the previous administration, our leadership team, the Republican led Senate, and those across the aisle to put the Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit in the Republican budget. This momentum helped us continue advocacy during this new budget cycle where the Shapiro administration and the new slim Democratic House Majority was able to expand the Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit and make a larger financial impact for those families struggling both logistically and financially.
We currently have secure elections. We have capable, bipartisan election officials that have worked tirelessly to keep our election system secure. Automatic voter registration for residents who turn 18, expansion of mail-in voting, and pre-canvassing our ballots are among the common sense voting legislation that is a priority for the voters in Chester County and beyond.
I support level up legislation. This legislation will put money back into the public schools who have been underfunded for years. A zip code alone should not determine if your public school has science labs, libraries and other essential offerings. We must close the funding gap between schools so we are serving all the children in our vast and diverse Commonwealth.
I support certifying the right to an abortion and abortion care into our Commonwealth's Constitution.

I also have worked on specific issues around abortion care. This is a link to all my bills:

I worked with Planned Parenthood, the Governor, DHS and colleagues to Eliminate Deceptive Pregnancy Centers. HB118 These centers used TAXPAYER money to deceive women when they were pregnant and seeking options. This line item has been removed from the BUDGET and actual Healthcare will now be offered in place of these centers that lied and confused women when they were asking for medical options. So this issue was a priority of mine.
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