Sadly, rarely a week goes by without a news article of a public figure violating the public trust. Political service used to be held in high regard and I believe those of us in office must lead by example to restore that sacred trust.
For that reason I was proud to be selected by an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority of the members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to lead the investigation into the activities of Attorney General Kathleen Kane. It’s an honor to have the trust of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in this important endeavor.
Additionally, I’ve cosponsored legislation to end automatic cost of living adjustments to state legislators and I donate all cost of living increases I receive to local charities. I also advocated for an end to taxpayer funded cars for legislators and require state legislators to contribute to their healthcare – both policies were adopted. I’ve also supported legislation to end defined benefit pension plans for legislators and advocated moving toward defined contribution plans as found in the private sector.
I also supported the Pennsylvania Web Accountability and Transparency Act (PennWatch). PennWatch provides citizens with in-depth information about the state budget, state revenues and expenditures.
Growing up my father used to tell me, “Don’t tell me, show me.” I believe those of us in public service must lead by example to restore the public’s faith in our politicians and our political system.