HARRISBURG, January 1, 2019 – In front of his family and friends, state Sen. John Blake today took the oath of office on the floor of the Senate to officially begin his third term in the Pennsylvania State Senate.

Blake, who serves on the Senate Democratic Caucus Leadership Team as Caucus Administrator, has represented the 22nd Senatorial District since 2011.

“It is a great honor and privilege to continue serving the people of the 22nd District in the Pennsylvania State Senate,” Blake said.  “We have accomplished a lot over the past eight years legislatively and our region has seen tremendous benefits from state investment. Since taking office in 2011, I have successfully advocated for nearly $200 million in state funding that, coupled with the significant private investment leveraged by this funding, has been transformative for our economy, our education systems, recreation and culture across NEPA.”

Looking forward to the new legislative session and new term, Blake indicated that meaningful property tax reform; significant and fair redistricting reform; and enacting a reasonable Marcellus Shale severance tax remain among his top priorities.

“We need to find consensus in Harrisburg on a plan to provide meaningful residential property tax relief – particularly for our seniors,” Blake added.  “We also need to continue to increase our state support for a quality public education. If the Commonwealth had been a better partner to public education, our schools would not have been forced to continually increase our property taxes.”

Since taking office in 2011, Senator Blake has led the Senate Democratic Caucus in a number of key policy debates on local government; community and economic development; and pension reform. In the most recent legislative session, Blake served as the Minority Chair of both the Senate Finance and Senate Local Government Committees.

Blake will serve a four-year term representing the 255,000 residents of the 22nd Senatorial District which includes all of Lackawanna County and parts of Luzerne and Monroe Counties.

# # #