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New Leaders Named for PA Aging Related Posts

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In Harrisburg, new leaders have been named for agencies and legislative committees that deal with issues related to older adults. Here is a listing of some of the key positions.

Agency Leaders

Governor Tom Wolf has announced that he has chosen Teresa Osborne, who has been the executive director of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging (AAA), to be secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The Governor also announced that he has chosen Ted Dallas, who most recently served as the secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, to be his secretary of the Department of Human Services (formerly called the Department of Public Welfare).

Here is a link to the announcement of Ms. Osborne’s selection. http://tinyurl.com/ppugkjv. And here is a link to the announcement regarding Mr. Dallas. http://tinyurl.com/oy2hooa.

The appointments are subject to approval by the Pennsylvania Senate.

Legislative Leaders

Both of the Secretary-designates will need to work closely with the Legislature. Here is the current list of the 2015 chairs (Republican) and minority leaders (Democrat) of several legislative committees related to aging.

Senate Aging and Youth Committee:

Chair – Republican: Senator Michelle Brooks

Democrat: Senator Arthur Haywood

Committee Members are listed: here

Senate Public Health and Welfare committee:

Chair – Republican: Senator Pat Vance

Democrat: Senator Shirley Kitchen

Committee Members are listed: here

House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee:

Chair – Republican: Rep. Tim Hennessey

Democrat: Rep. Steve Samuelson

Committee Members are listed: here

House Health Committee:

Chair – Republican: Rep. Matt Baker

Democrat: Rep. Florindo (Flo) Fabrizio, 2nd Legislative District, Erie County.

Committee Members are listed: here

Human Services Committee:

Chair Republican: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo

Democrat – Rep. Angel Cruz, 180th Legislative District, Philadelphia County.

Committee Members are listed: here

 

More information about the 2015-2016 PA General Assembly and its members is available at: www.legis.state.pa.us.