New state Sen. Kear­ney named Dem chair of lo­cal gov­ern­ment com­mit­tee

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HAR­RIS­BURG >> He might be a fresh­man, but state fledg­ling state Sen. Tim Kear­ney, D-26, of Swarth­more has been ap­pointed chair.

This week, the new se­na­tor was named Demo­cratic Chair of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

“I’m priv­i­leged to serve as the Demo­cratic Chair of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee,” Kear­ney said. “My time as Mayor of Swarth­more in­tro­duced me to so many of the causes I con­tinue to fight for. Some of the most sig­nif­i­cant change is brought about at the lo­cal level. I look for­ward to em­pow­er­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment in its ser­vice and ex­e­cu­tion.”

May­ors in the 26th Dis­trict praised Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Jay Costa’s se­lec­tion of Kear­ney to lead the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee.

“May­ors un­der­stand what it takes to bring di­verse and dis­parate in­ter­ests to­gether to bring about real change,” Me­dia Mayor Bob McMa­hon said. “I’ve worked with Sen. Kear­ney in his ca­pac­ity as mayor, and I know that what mat­ters most to him is lis­ten­ing to ev­ery­one’s con­cerns and build­ing con­sen­sus to­ward so­lu­tions – not scor­ing po­lit­i­cal points. I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Sen. Kear­ney to make Me­dia an even bet­ter place to live, work, and visit. “

“After work­ing to­gether as col­leagues for five years, I can’t think of any­one more qual­i­fied to chair the Se­nate Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee,” Rut­ledge Mayor Kevin Cun­ning­ham said. I’m ex­cited to con­tinue work­ing with Sen. Kear­ney to in­crease trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity, and ef­fec­tive­ness in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, and to build in­tragov­ern­men­tal part­ner­ships that truly work for the peo­ple. “

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion is a bi­cam­eral, bi­par­ti­san leg­isla­tive ser­vice agency of the Penn­syl­va­nia Gen­eral Assem­bly. The 10 mem­bers, three from the ma­jor­ity party and two from the mi­nor­ity party in each cham­ber, col­lec­tively work by con­sen­sus for more ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

The com­mis­sion serves as a spe­cial­ized lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­source for leg­is­la­tors, cau­cus staff, com­mit­tee staff and con­stituents on in­quiries, is­sues and leg­is­la­tion, pro­vid­ing ob­jec­tive ex­per­tise in many facets of lo­cal gov­ern­ment. It takes

on long-term com­plex projects, pro­duc­ing re­sults that may be more dif­fi­cult to achieve, or can­not be achieved, through cau­cus staff or ad­vo­cacy groups alone. The com­mis­sion pro­vides a fo­rum for

statewide mu­nic­i­pal as­so­ci­a­tions, rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent types of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and of­fi­cials, to ex­press their views di­rectly be­fore leg­is­la­tors from both cau­cuses in the Se­nate and House. It works with these and other stake­hold­ers in propos­ing leg­is­la­tion for the bet­ter­ment of Penn­syl­va­nia lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

State Sen. Tim Kear­ney, D-26.

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