State Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announced on Monday that she is running for re-election to the 189th District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
“Throughout my tenure, I have never looked at issues through a partisan lens," she said in a statement. "Instead, I focus on how an issue impacts our community and listen closely to the views and concerns of local residents. By putting politics aside and working together with the people I represent, we have been able to make a positive difference.”
She identifies property tax reform and how Pennsylvania funds local schools as one of her main areas of advocacy. She supports the provision of funding on a per-pupil basis and replacing school property taxes with a system based on income and sales taxes. She says she has supported state budgets that have provided record funding for basic education.
Brown has addressed the opioid epidemic by sponsoring laws that include tougher penalties for dealers, increased treatment for people with addiction, and limitations on opioid prescriptions.
She worked with local parents, educators, and finance professionals to craft legislation, passed into law late last year, allowing financial literacy coursework to count as a graduation requirement in high school. She has also ushered into law legislation to protect home-owner association resident rights, a program assisting private dam owners to maintain their dams, and a program that provides free tick testing for state residents. She has built a tick-borne disease program to offer scientific information to help identify pathogens inside ticks as Pennsylvania continues to rank number one in reported cases of Lyme Disease.
Brown has authored legislation to address distracted driving and to require hands-free cell phone usage while driving.
Brown currently serves on the appropriations, transportation, education, and professional licensure committees and is a deputy whip.
Brown, 49, grew up in the Poconos and married her high-school sweetheart, Joe. Together, they have three children – Kennedy, Carter, and Reagan – and live in East Stroudsburg. First elected in 2010, Brown’s service in the legislature began in 2011.
“I believe strongly that my job as a representative is to be a strong voice for our area along with addressing issues that affect the entire state, and that my record bears out this focus,” Brown said.