HARRISBURG, December 8, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today was named to the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership team for the upcoming 2017-18 legislative session.

Blake was selected to serve in the role of Caucus Administrator which will allow him to work closely with Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa and the entire Senate Democratic leadership team to develop and communicate caucus legislative priorities and strategies.

“I am grateful for the support and the confidence Sen. Jay Costa and my colleagues have placed in me to continue to serve as a member of our leadership team,” Blake said. “I look forward to using my experience and my steadfast commitment to strengthening our caucus while protecting and advancing the initiatives and policies which are important to our caucus and to the people we represent.”

In the previous legislative session, Blake was appointed by Senator Costa to serve as a member of the leadership team in the role of Democratic Vice-Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“Senator Blake is an integral member of our caucus, who serves with a passion for the issues and dedication to his constituents that exemplifies the epitome of a public servant,” Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said. “I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to our leadership team. His thoughtful insight and level-headed nature will help guide our caucus as we meet the challenges that the next legislative session will bring.”

Throughout his six years in the Senate, Blake led the Senate Democratic Caucus in a number of key policy debates on local government; community and economic development; and more recently, he defended the caucus position on state pension reform legislation as the Minority Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and as a member of the Legislative Conference Committee convened earlier this month.

“As Senator for the one of the largest cities in the Commonwealth, outside of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, I believe I can offer a solid and needed voice for our leadership team and our caucus as a whole,” Blake continued. “Our nation, our Commonwealth and our caucus must face the economic, historical and political challenges we face with unity, passion and a willful desire to effectuate real change to address the concerns and the aspirations of the people of Pennsylvania.”

Blake has served the 255,000 residents of the 22nd Senatorial District in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Monroe Counties since 2011.

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