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Pennsylvania State Representative District 142

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 yearsSalary: $95,432Vote for ONE.

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    Joseph F. Hogan

Biographical Information

What issue(s) would you prioritize, and how would you work with others in government to get legislation passed and signed into law?

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

Article 1, Section 27 of the PA constitution guarantees the rights to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the environment. What actions would you take to protect these rights?

There are several pieces of gun legislation being considered on comprehensive background checks, red flag laws, and firearm safety training. What is your position on these measures?

County Bucks
Occupation Editor/Publisher
Education BA in Sociology from Franklin & Marshall College, 2000
Qualifications I moved to Bucks County 17 years ago, and have been a public servant ever since. I've tirelessly volunteered for a number of boards and commissions, dealing with a wide variety of issues. As an elected official, I have reduced property taxes and dealt firsthand with the real issues facing our towns.
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The rising cost of living is a top issue for many families right now. I support gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro's plan to address inflation that gives families direct relief by eliminating certain taxes and expanding the property tax and rent rebate program. Also, I am an advocate for universal pre-K, and for making quality, affordable childcare more accessible for our families. As I've traveled the district talking to voters, many have cited the exorbitant cost of childcare as a top concern. Families with two parents are finding that one salary goes almost entirely to childcare. Our businesses are facing unprecedented labor shortages — it's no wonder why when you realize it's sometimes more cost effective for people to not work.
The electorate should not have undue obstacles placed in the way of being able to exercise the sacred right to vote. Unfounded conspiracy theories and lies about elections being stolen threaten our democracy. I would strengthen the vote by mail program, which has proven to be highly successful, popular and secure. Voters who wish to vote by mail on a regular basis should not have to reaffirm that wish every year by filling out unnecessary paperwork. Let's cut the red tape and bureaucratic burdens.
There are those who frame this issue as a false choice between protecting jobs or protecting our planet — we must do both and we can. We can dramatically increase the production of clean and renewable energy while also turbocharging our state’s energy efficiency programs to lower costs for local businesses and working families. I support gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro’s focus on using investments in environmental protection to create family-sustaining union jobs. From installing new solar panels to replacing aging lead water pipes, the plan would grow Pennsylvania’s economy by expanding opportunities and making our commonwealth more economically competitive.
I support red flag laws and legislation that would strengthen background checks and firearm safety training provisions. I feel this is another issue that is often falsely framed. It is not a case of being supportive or not supportive of gun ownership. There are plenty of responsible gun owners who support common sense initiatives such as those aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.
County Bucks
Occupation Economic Development Professional
Education B.A and M.P.S. in Community and Economic Development from Penn State. Current Temple Law Student
Qualifications Adult life serving the public as a member of Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick's staff and with the Redevelopment Authority.
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The primary issue for families in the 142nd district and all across the United States is the economy. Inflation is eating away at family budgets. The supply chain crisis is impacting industries of all sizes. The price of gas is near record highs. Pennsylvania needs more legislators that recognize these problems and are willing to work to build a bipartisan consensus that will help families and small businesses. I have worked for both Republicans and Democrats and have seen how a legislator can remain committed to their principles but open enough to listen to the other side and find compromise. As the next representative for the 142nd District, this is how I will act every day on my constituent’s behalf in Harrisburg.
Voting laws should encourage access while ensuring integrity. The first step in this process is something an overwhelming majority of Americans support and that is a common sense voter ID law with provisions for low income individuals. Other issues would be to allow counties to pre-canvass mail in ballots, strengthen the mail in ballot process to mirror laws in states such as Florida, and make efforts to prevent the practice of ballot harvesting. I would further work to ensure it is easier for candidates to get on to the ballot and better understand their remedies should they face a legal challenge.
Every citizen in Pennsylvania wants clean air, pure water, and an environment that they can pass down to their children. Our society has made immense progress on these issues since the 1970s and are poised to make more improvements and new investments to create a healthy future. However, these policies need to strike a balance between realistic goals, economic needs, and a healthy skepticism towards environmental alarmism. Pennsylvania needs an energy policy that encourages renewables when and where they make sense, natural gas, and a robust policy to develop safe nuclear power.
As a firearm owner, I believe that every firearm purchase should require a background check and gun owners should be encouraged to take a safety course. As a young hunter, my father enrolled me in an NRA approved course that was instrumental but it was a voluntary and prudent decision. Not government mandated. But if we want to reduce the gun violence that is plaguing our cities and bleeding into our communities, existing laws need to be enforced, violent criminals need to be held in jail, and our police forces need to be fully funded, trained, and equipped to handle these crimes. Criminals will always find a way around our laws but when caught, they must be held to account.