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Pennsylvania State Representative District 144

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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    Brian Munroe

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    Daniel J. McPhillips

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 Bucks
Occupation State Representative, former police officer and firefighter/EMT, Navy Veteran.
Education West Chester University, Montgomery County Police Academy, Montgomery County Fire Academy
Qualifications I am the current State Representative. I am a Navy Veteran, former Police Officer, and former Firefighter/EMT. I am married to my wife for 20 years and a father of a 16 year old and 12 year old daughters.
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Putting money back into the pockets of Pennsylvanians. We passed a record increase to child care tax deductions and rent rebate programs. Another major issue is shrinking budgets for our senior citizens. When the state does not fund our local schools appropriately, this puts the burdens on our seniors and homeowners because local schools are forced to raise taxes. We have proposed increased funding for our school systems, which would help prevent rising taxes. I also support using our $14 Billion fund surplus or applying a gas extraction fee on fracking companies and create a school tax refund for our seniors. Putting money back into peoples pockets would have a positive feedback loop, which would benefit our local economy.
I support increased access to voting, which includes early voting or increased in person voting by having polls open longer than a single day.

This past year, I was one of the few Representative who voted for increased ID requirements, but at the same time would have allowed pre-canvassing of mail in ballots. This was a win/win for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. This compromise was a bi-partisan effort.
We are still early in the budget process and the approach to school funding in light of the recent court ruling is still uncertain. What I can say is that I represent 2 of the best School Districts in the state and I am extremely proud of both Central Bucks and Centennial School districts. My job is to help them be the best they can be by advocating for the most amount of funding as possible.
I strongly support a woman's right to choose. I think important medical decisions involving a woman should be made between her and her doctor, spouse, ect. Not the government!

We have seen extremist views take hold in other states, where laws have been passed restricting abortion access and even criminalizing it. The negative impacts on women's health have already been documented. The recent Alabama ruling declaring frozen embryos as children is just the most recent example in government overreach on this issue and the nightmare it is creating for families.

2 years ago, there was an attempt to make a woman's right to choose illegal in Pa. My election to the State House put a stop to it and I will continue to defend women's rights.
County Bucks
Occupation Bucks County Recorder of Deeds
Education B.A. in Political Science, La Salle University; A.A. in Behavioral Sciences, Bucks County Community College; Archbishop Wood H.S.; Log College Middle School
Qualifications I'm a life-long resident of Warminster Township. I currently serve as the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds. Previously, I served as a member of the Warminster Township Board of Supervisors. I have been an elected official for more than 10 years representing and serving the people of our community.
As I spend time in our community, I hear from a lot of people worries about the quality-of-life issues that have made our communities strong. I think we need to have leaders who listen and who represent the values of our communities. We need to invest in our schools and make sure our kids have access to opportunity. We need to protect our neighborhoods and that includes standing with our police and doing everything we can to work with our federal officials to seal our border and get tough on fentanyl dealers here at home. And we need leaders who will take on the kitchen table issues to save our families money. Every penny we save them in Harrisburg is one more they must fight inflation.
I think this is an area that has become too partisan. Lets look at commonsense measures that make sense and protect our democracy. It does neither side any good to undermine democracy, so lets do what we can to strengthen people’s faith in the system. As a county official, I know the pressure our election workers are under to deliver results the public has confidence in. I would allow limited pre-canvasing efforts and would encourage increases in pay for election workers. I would also support voter ID to secure our elections with the state providing an ID to every citizen who doesn't have a drivers license. I would also be in favor of in person early voting at county election offices.
As the son of a former local public-school board member and a product of the public schools within the 144th district, I know that funding is a big piece of the puzzle for improving our education system. I support more money for our public schools and will always support increasing state support for our schools. I also think we have to have a system where parents have a voice in the system as well. A lot of what we need to do has to do with mimicking successful approaches in the classroom that have worked across the commonwealth – some of our top performing schools aren’t our top spenders. We need to see what they are doing to improve educational opportunities. We have to save kids from failing public schools & access to opportunities.
I would not seek to make any changes to our current law. One thing that a good leader does is listen and I have heard from many voices on this issue. It’s clear to me that this issue isn’t as controversial as politicians want to make it – most people support some access to reproductive care with reasonable limits and exception for rape, incest, and life of the mother. While the issue is very complex, especially for those faced with this choice, politicians at the extremes have made it into a political football. That’s not what the community wants and that is not what I will do as our state representative.