Michele Brooks today (January 6) made history by becoming the first woman to be sworn in as the Senator representing the 50th Senatorial District. She started her new job representing nearly 246,000 residents in Crawford, Mercer and parts of Erie and Warren counties, which comprise the 50th Senatorial District.
Shortly after 1 p.m., Senator Brooks was sworn into office during a ceremony in the Senate Chamber. She replaces Bob Robbins, who retired from the Senate at the end of the 2013-14 Legislative Session.
“I look forward to continuing the work I started as a state Representative to develop legislation and policies that improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians and promote economic development and create new jobs,” Senator Brooks said. “We are in a crucial time in the Commonwealth as we work together to restore our economy. We must work to keep young people here. It is essential that we take whatever steps necessary to make Pennsylvania a good place to live, work and raise a family.”
As a state Representative, from 2006 to 2014, Senator Brooks actively fought against the tolling of Interstate 80; worked with business owners to create a more job-friendly business climate by reducing taxes on job-creators; improved state services for senior citizens; reprioritized state government spending by limiting out-of-control borrowing by the Commonwealth; and supported the elimination of the inheritance tax on farmers, thus preserving Pennsylvania’s agriculture heritage.
Her Harrisburg Office is in Room 459 on the Senate side of State Capitol complex and can be reached at (717) 787-1322. Senator Brooks’ Harrisburg mailing address is Senate Box 203050, Harrisburg. PA 17120-3050.
Contact: Michael Hengst (717) 787-1322
Click here for Senator Brooks’ remarks following her swearing-in ceremony.