Ellwood City, Pa. – Representative Jaret Gibbons announced today that he will seek re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 10th district, which covers portions of Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence Counties.
“I look forward to continuing to serve the people of my hometown area and making sure the voices of the residents of the 10th district continue to be heard in Harrisburg,” Gibbons said. “We have seen real progress in the 10th district, but I recognize state government needs to focus more on growing the middle class by creating jobs and adequately funding our schools, and that is why I am announcing today that I am seeking another term in the State House.”
Gibbons is a “blue dog” democrat who has always put his district before politics, including voting against the 2013 Corbett gasoline tax increase and Governor Wolf’s proposed income tax increase.
“We cannot continue to increase the tax burden on Pennsylvania working families and job creators,” Gibbons said.
Gibbons legislative priorities include restoring funding for public education, reducing property taxes, creating family-sustaining jobs, revitalizing downtown communities and reforming state government. Another priority is working with the Fish & Boat Commission and local sportsmen’s groups to restore the Hereford Manor Dam.
“Hereford Manor is a vital tourist attraction and excellent public resource that must be rebuilt,” Gibbons noted.
He has focused his efforts in the district on supporting economic development, including securing nearly $2 million for projects such as the Ellwood City Revitalization, Slippery Rock Redevelopment and construction of the Ellwood City Library.
“We must revitalize our once vibrant downtowns and bring jobs back to our community,” Gibbons said. His staff also processed more constituent service requests than nearly any other democratic state house member.
Gibbons has proven himself a common-sense leader who understands that we need a representative willing to work across party lines to pass legislation.
“As an independent-minded democrat, I have worked to be a voice of reason, crossing party lines when necessary and working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to seek compromise,” Gibbons said.
In 2012, Gibbons joined with republicans to pass the Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit, a key component to Shell selecting Beaver County as the site for its proposed ethane cracker plant.
“Western Pennsylvania has a proud history of industry and manufacturing that we have an opportunity to reinvigorate with the growth of the natural gas industry in our region,” Gibbons said. “We must take advantage of our well-educated workforce, abundant natural resources and low-cost energy to bring a manufacturing renaissance to western Pennsylvania.”
Last year, Gibbons supported a bipartisan proposal to cut school property taxes by 50% for Pennsylvania homeowners.
“Rising property taxes hurt seniors and working families, ” Gibbons noted. “We need to reduce this burden so that people can be secure in their homes and future.”
A proven government reformer, Gibbons voted to eliminate midnight voting, prohibit legislative non-profits, and reduce the size of the legislature. He supported the Open Records Law and posts his legislative expenses on his website. His bill providing whistleblower protection for legislative employees to encourage the reporting of waste, fraud and wrongdoing was signed into law in 2014.
“Government needs to work for people, but that can only happen when people have trust in their representatives, which is why I have introduced legislation to permit public official recall,” Gibbons said.
A native of Ellwood City, Gibbons resides in Franklin Township, Beaver County, with his wife Jennifer and their three children, Annabella, Preston, and Jack. Gibbons is a licensed attorney and graduated from Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh Law School. He is a member of the Environmental Resources & Energy, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Professional Licensure, Tourism & Recreational Development and Commerce Committees. He serves as co-chair of the Gas & Oil Caucus and member of the 2nd Amendment, Pro-Life and Sportsmen’s Caucus.