Scranton, PA – State Senator John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that Senator Blake will resign his Senate seat after honorably representing the people of the 22nd State Senate District for the past ten years, and join Congressman Cartwright’s office to spearhead economic development initiatives across the Eighth Congressional District.
As the Chairman of the Commerce-Justice-Science House Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Cartwright will direct more than $70 billion in annual federal funding for the next fiscal year, including investments to revitalize former coal communities like Northeastern Pennsylvania and boost American manufacturing. Leveraging his economic development expertise honed over 35 years in the public and private sectors, Blake will support Rep. Cartwright in maximizing job-creating federal investments in the Eighth Congressional District.
Blake will begin his new role in Rep. Cartwright’s office on Monday, March 8.
“It has been an incredible honor to serve the people of the 22nd Senatorial District for the past ten years and I sincerely appreciate the trust and respect placed in my abilities by our voters,” Blake said. “I am very thankful for this opportunity to work alongside Congressman Cartwright as his increasing influence in Washington can translate to more opportunities, more jobs and more federal investment here in Northeastern Pennsylvania to ensure action on the issues that matter most to the families of his 8th Congressional District. I am excited to partner with the Congressman and to move into the next chapter of my professional career.”
“John is a lifelong Northeastern Pennsylvanian and a dedicated public servant with a fierce commitment to creating more opportunity for the people in our area. He is an excellent addition to our team,” Cartwright said. “At the start of this new Congress, I vowed to accelerate my efforts to direct more job-creating federal investments to Northeastern Pennsylvania. With his extensive economic development experience, John will play a big role in this mission.”