State Rep. Lawrence earns important committee assignment
● By Steven Hoffman
As the state budget hearings get underway this week in Harrisburg, State Rep. John Lawrence now has a key seat at the table after House Republican leaders selected him to serve on the important House Appropriations Committee.
Lawrence, who has represented the 13th legislative district since 2011, has long advocated for fiscal responsibility when it comes to the spending of taxpayer dollars. The new committee assignment will provide him with an opportunity to share his viewpoints on a very influential committee.
“The General Assembly’s primary responsibility is to pass an annual state budget and the lion’s share of that responsibility rests with the Appropriations Committee,” explained Lawrence. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to put my business and financial knowledge to work in this critical role, which will enable me to actively scrutinize state spending and determine how best to protect the interests of Pennsylvania taxpayers.”
Budget hearings with various state departments, agencies and other stakeholders began on Monday, Feb. 11, and are scheduled to conclude on March 6. The complete schedule can be found at www.PAHouseGOP.com where the public can also watch the hearings live.
In the new, two-year legislative session, Lawrence has also been named deputy whip, a crucial position on the House floor when important votes are being taken and consensus is uncertain. In this leadership role, Lawrence will use his knowledge and influence to help gain a consensus among his peers.
In addition to these assignments, Lawrence has been named to the House Professional Licensure Committee, which addresses legislation concerning professional and occupational licensing boards, and related regulations put forth by the Department of State. He has also been reappointed to Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Transportation, and Rules committees.
Before being elected to the State House, Lawrence worked in the private sector as an account officer for J.P. Morgan Chase. He holds a bachelor's degree in business from Penn State University. He has made government reform a focus of his work in Harrisburg, especially in areas where finances are concerned. Lawrence has authored legislation combining redundant government services and directing an audit of every bureau, commission, and agency of state government.
The 13th Legislative District is comprised of East Nottingham, Elk, Franklin, Highland, Londonderry, London Grove, Lower Oxford, New London, Penn, Upper Oxford, West Fallowfield, and West Nottingham townships; Atglen, Oxford, and West Grove boroughs in Chester County, along with Sadsbury Township and Christiana Borough in Lancaster County.